Essay Competition

Islamophobia - Do Two Wrongs Make a Right?

“Islamophobia” and “Islamic radicalism” are two sides of the same coin. While Islamophobia refers to fear of, hatred and discrimination towards Islam and Muslims, Islamic radicalism is associated with acts of violence and terrorism committed in the name of religion. It is not easy to determine whether one leads to the other, but there is clearly a connection between the two.

Is either justified?Is the problem merely about labelling? Do these labels reflect a hard truth? Do these questions warrant debate?

This essay competition is open to all students of Singapore universities and polytechnics, as well as NUS alumni. We invite you to present your thoughts and arguments on the topic. We seek honest and bold ideas that are actionable.

The essay competition is now closed.  Thank you for your essay submissions.


Terms & Conditions

  1. This essay competition is open to all NUS students and students of all Singapore universities and polytechnics. The essay competition is also open to NUS alumni.
  2. Please submit your essay of 1,000 words or less as a PDF attachment in the following format.
    1. Font Type: Arial; Font Size: 12; Double-spacing
    2. Paper Size: A4 with 1-inch margin all round
  3. Please indicate the following clearly in the footer of every page:
    1. Page Number
    2. Full Name
    3. Faculty, Current Year of Study and Matriculation Number (for NUS students); OR
    4. School, Faculty, Current Year of Study (for non-NUS students); OR
    5. Faculty and Year of Graduation (for NUS alumni)
  4. Charts, images and illustrations should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
    Please insert them as Annexes with clear labelling, and not as part of the main essay.
  5. Please submit your essay online by 15 September 2019 (Sunday), 11.59pm (UTC/GMT +8).
  6. Only one submission per participant will be accepted. For multiple submissions, the latest essay received by the closing date and time will be treated as final and all earlier submissions by the same participant will be disregarded.
  7. A multi-authored essay will be treated as one single submission. If it wins, only one prize will be awarded and one author will be invited to present the ideas on stage. The remaining author(s) are welcome to participate at the event as part of the audience.
  8. Essays will be assessed on the quality of the participant’s ideas, structure and critical analysis of the issue.
  9. The decision of the assessment panel is final. No questions or appeals will be entertained.
  10. Winners will be contacted by mid-October 2019 via the same email address used for submission. Participants may provide a telephone number as an alternative means of contact.
  11. Participants should avail themselves for the U@live event on 30 October 2019 from 6pm onwards. In the event that the winner of this essay competition is unable to join the panel on stage, this opportunity will be offered to the next best submission.
  12. All submissions will become the property of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and may be reproduced in part or in whole for academic, research and education purposes, with credit of authorship where appropriate.

By participating in this U@live essay competition, participants hereby accept the above Terms and Conditions, and consent to the National University of Singapore collecting, using and/or disclosing their personal data to third parties (including any third party located outside of Singapore) for the purposes of processing, handling and managing their participation in this call and event stated herein.