BIAAS issued Farid Hafez a grant for $13,811 to study the effect of Hip Hop Culture on Austrian Muslim Youth. The project involved research in the Unites States in the form of interviews in New York with those in Hip Hop genre, such as the Zulu Nation, as well as interviews in Austria and Germany with other Hip Hop musicians and with Muslims. The project resulted in an article entitled “Von Harlem ins Hoamatland. Hip Hop, Malcolm X und muslimischer Aktivismus in der Alpenrepublik” published in the Austrian journal AAA – Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Furthermore, Hafez also gave a lecture at the University of Vienna on transatlantic cultural exchanges as well as wrote a short book entitled Mein Name ist Malcolm X: Das Leben eines Revolutionärs, which was published in 2015.
Farid Hafez received his Ph.D. from the University of Vienna in 2009 and has worked a researcher in the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg. He also served as the editor of the Yearbook of Islamophobia Studies as well as taught at the University of Klagenfurt.