On Monday, June, the G20 Interfaith Forum held its fifth webinar of 2022, organized by its Anti-Racism Initiative and co-sponsored by the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation. Panelists included Abbas Barzegar, Director of the Horizon Forum and Team Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; Amir Hussain, Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University; and Reyhana Patel, Director of Communications and Government Relations at Islamic Relief Canada. Christina Tobias-Nahi, Director of Public Affairs at Islamic Relief USA, moderated the discussion.
Christina Tobias-Nahi, who acted as moderator for the event, began the webinar by welcoming all panelists and viewers and putting this webinar, focused on Islamophobia, into the context of the wider series of webinars being held by the IF20 Anti-Racism Initiative. She then explained that the main focus of the webinar would be on Islamophobia in Canada and the USA, for the sake of time zone alignment and simplicity—and because the Muslim population of the world is so widely diverse. After giving a nod to an activity taking place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that same day, where Muslim communities were lobbying for a designated envoy to combat Islamophobia, Tobias-Nahi introduced the speakers and gave them the floor.