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Screenshot of an online form about dietary preferences for an academic event. The categories include None, Vegetarian, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-free and Other.

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How Can You Talk About Equality When Your Existence Is Not Acknowledged?

Contributed by Zerrin Cengiz, 2018

Keywords: Screenshot, Dietary Preference, Inequality

How Islam is seen in Europe and specifically in the Netherlands.

I took a screenshot that shows an online form showing the dietary options for the participants at an academic event. The categories are as follows: None, vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free and anders (‘other’ in Dutch). Although the form has included a religious preference, it has not separately specified halal option in a country where almost one million Muslims live.

The object is related to my research on Islam in Europe where it is seen alien to the European imagination. The academic event organized in the Netherlands completely ignores the existence of Muslims through its dietary preferences section.