The 9/11 terrorist attacks targeting New York and Washington DC shook the foundations of Western society and changed the world as we know it. A ‘War on Terror’ followed – a war with no clear goal or end in sight. But the tragedy also catalysed an unexpected outcome for Muslims worldwide, as many would become defined by the actions of extremist hijackers who had seized the name of their religion in vain.

Twenty years on, an entire generation has grown up in the shadow of 9/11 which has never known a time free of the widespread Islamophobia triggered by these events. Join global studies lecturer Saeed Khan for a conversation around how 9/11 has shaped the lives of Muslims in the West, asking if the world can ever move beyond defining them by their faith.

About The Speaker

Saeed Khan

Saeed Khan is Senior Lecturer of Near East & Asian Studies and Global Studies of Wayne State University in Detroit, as well the Research Fellow of its Center for the Study of Citizenship. His latest publications include Global Studies: A Reader on Issues and Institutions and What’s Going on Here: US Experiences of Islamophobia between Obama and Trump, co-authored with Saied R. Ameli.