Dehumanised: How Tyrants Normalise Genocide

This courses focuses on constructs of dehumanisation, with a noted emphasis on Palestine.
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Osman Latiff
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dehumanised

In the current genodice in Gaza, one of the mechanisms used is that of dehumanisation of the Palestinians; the way a caricatured image of Palestinians as subhuman is used to justify the horrific genocide. This is played out by politicians, in schools, on the media. The skewed projections of dehumanised victims in images and narrative have very considerable effects of limiting empathy for them.

This course focuses on constructs of dehumanisation, with a noted emphasis on Palestine. It is divided into important episodes ranging from defining othering and dehumanisation, current and historical examples of dehumanisation of Palestinians, the Islamic outlook on how we should ‘see’ each other and lastly, numerous historical examples of humanisation of Jews under Islam.

Dr Osman Latiff

Dr Osman Latiff is Senior Researcher and Instructor at Sapience Institute. He has a BA in History, an MA in Crusader Studies, and has completed a PhD in the 'Place of Fada'il al-Quds (Merits of Jerusalem) and Religious Poetry in the Muslim effort to recapture Jerusalem in the Crusades'. His book on the crusades, ‘The Cutting Edge of the Poet’s Sword: Muslim Poetic Responses to the Crusades’ was published by Brill in 2018. He has also written and continues to write academic articles and book chapters in the field of history.