Why is the ‘moderate Muslim’ the only ‘real’ Canadian Muslim?

With Professor Shelina Kassam

Against the backdrop of increasing racism towards Muslims, the so-called ‘moderate Muslim’ plays an important role in Canadian national narratives on citizenship and belonging. This persona is seen as ‘modern’, well-integrated into Canadian life, a supporter of Canadian multicultural values, and one who espouses a private faith with few public expressions of faith or cultural belonging. This moderate Muslim is the boundary marker which, contrasted against the racial and sexual Other on the Canadian stage, justifies and reinforces the boundaries of the ‘acceptable’ and the ‘good.’ Who is this so-called ‘moderate’ Muslim? What are their characteristics? What does this persona represent in Canadian public, political, and cultural discourses? What role does it play in reinforcing Canadian (and Western) political and ideological aims? Join us for an insightful conversation as we deconstruct and consider these questions.


About Shelina Kassam

Shelina Kassam teaches women and gender studies in the department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto. She has been the Director of Policy and Programming at the International Development Education Association in Vancouver and Executive Director of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women in Toronto and the Saskatoon Open Door Society, an immigrant settlement agency.


Free event with limited seating, so please register. 

Thursday, January 10 , 2013
Location: Samara, 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Admission: Free
Light snacks will be served
RSVP: couch@couchichinginstitute.ca or call: 416-494-1440 Ext. 225

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