Davide Mastracci

Davide Mastracci is an associate editor at The Islamic Monthly. He has contributed to a range of publications including Al Jazeera America, AlterNet, Electronic Intifada and The Globe and Mail. He can be found on Twitter @DavideMastracci.


Davide Mastracci is an associate editor at The Islamic Monthly. He has contributed to a range of publications including Al Jazeera America, AlterNet, Electronic Intifada and The Globe and Mail. He can be found on Twitter @DavideMastracci.



ARTICLES BY Davide Mastracci



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Flying While Muslim

Muslims have been getting kicked off flights at an increasingly alarming rate in the last few months. The justification


Muslims have been getting kicked off flights at an increasingly alarming rate in the last few months. The justification for removing Muslims from flights has varied from case to case, but many seem to be based solely on harmful stereotypes. Zainab Chaudry, an outreach manager at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), says the organization […]

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Muslims Shouldn’t Pander to Populist Sentiment

On April 27, 2016, the Environics Institute released a survey that reassured liberals and Islamophobes alike that they h


On April 27, 2016, the Environics Institute released a survey that reassured liberals and Islamophobes alike that they have the correct view of Muslims in Canada. The survey of over 600 Canadian Muslims, conducted between November 2015 and January 2016, attempted to discover what it means to be Muslim in Canada today, and asked questions […]

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Of Belief and Tenure: Islam at a Crossroads in the Academy

Nearly a decade of hard work toward tenure was gone in an instant. Tenure processes are always tricky as they happe


Nearly a decade of hard work toward tenure was gone in an instant. Tenure processes are always tricky as they happen behind closed doors, and many times the decisions are not understood. Regardless, Professor Joseph Lumbard felt that after many years of work at Brandeis University there may have been no reason he was denied tenure […]

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Islam doesn’t need the reformation Western pundits are demanding

“Islam needs a reformation!” This call, which has emanated from Western pundits for years, has been expressed especi


“Islam needs a reformation!” This call, which has emanated from Western pundits for years, has been expressed especially frequently, and urgently, as of late. In March 2015 alone, Newsweek published “We Need A Muslim Reformation,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali released Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now to much applause and The Atlantic published a widely […]

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Labeled Isis in School Yearbook

A Muslim highschool student in California is upset after she was erroneously labeled “Isis Phillips” in her yearbook


A Muslim highschool student in California is upset after she was erroneously labeled “Isis Phillips” in her yearbook. On Friday evening, Bayan Zehlif, a student at Los Osos high school in Rancho Cucamonga, California, tweeted a photo of a page in her yearbook, containing her class photo with the name “Isis Phillips” underneath. I guess […]

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I’m Muslim, and I’m Tired of Proving My Humanity

BuzzFeed recently released a video that has racked up over 15 million views. 15 million views is a lot, it must be prett


BuzzFeed recently released a video that has racked up over 15 million views. 15 million views is a lot, it must be pretty interesting, right? Well… The video consists of a few Americans listing things they like (rap music, Thanksgiving, dancing), and describing what they aren’t (angry, prejudiced, homophobic). If you’re thinking this sounds pretty […]

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One on One with Faisal Kutty

Faisal Kutty is a divisive character in the ongoing battle between civil liberty advocates and the federal government in


Faisal Kutty is a divisive character in the ongoing battle between civil liberty advocates and the federal government in Canada. Among political allies — many Muslims and civil rights advocates — Kutty is regarded as one of the few figures in Canada fighting for Muslims targeted by ever-expanding anti-terror programs. Among political enemies, Kutty has […]

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The Muslim Trademark on Terror

Terrorism’s Problematic Implications in Canadian Discourse The definition of a word is not permanent, as it can change


Terrorism’s Problematic Implications in Canadian Discourse The definition of a word is not permanent, as it can change over time based on how it’s used within society. According to the U.S. State Department, “terrorism” refers to “premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against non-combatant targets by sub-national groups or clandestine agents.” But, as noted by journalist Glenn […]

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An Orientalist Account of the U.S. Reaction to American Sniper

Disturbing outbursts of bloodthirsty patriotism have been reported across America over the last couple days. These incid


Disturbing outbursts of bloodthirsty patriotism have been reported across America over the last couple days. These incidents were sparked by a recently released film, American Sniper, though some have understandably confused the film with the unrelated American Psycho. The film, directed by the celebrated American Clint Eastwood, depicts the actions of a sniper in the […]

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The Trouble with Street Harassment videos, hijab or no hijab

Street Harassment is Wrong No Matter What a Woman is Wearing By now, most people have heard about the viral video from H


Street Harassment is Wrong No Matter What a Woman is Wearing By now, most people have heard about the viral video from Hollaback!, an anti-street harassment organization, which shows a woman being catcalled numerous times as she walks around New York City. The video has drawn quite a bit of controversy, sparking numerous video and […]