Islamophobia defined

Here is an interesting website, aptly named Islamophobia, which discusses issues concerning Islamophobia as well as real cases involving Islamophobia and the terrorism that Muslims had to face due to this disease.

The website defines Islamophobia as follows:

Islamophobia is a neologism used to refer to an irrational fear or prejudice towards Muslims and the religion of Islam.

Some believe that prejudice against Muslims has increased since the September 11, 2001 attacks. Dr Abduljalil Sajid, an adviser to the Commission on British Muslims, an anti-racism group, has said he believes many organizations are “institutionally Islamophobic”. He has said that “since the 11 September attacks the single most important concern has been police harassment of Muslims. Even one of (Britain’s) Muslim peers… has been stopped twice by police.”

Many human rights organizations have documented this recent increase in Islamophobic events and hate crimes against Muslims and Islamic organizations have done the same. Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a December 7, 2004 UN conference on the emergence of Islamophobia that “(when) the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry — that is a sad and troubling development. Such is the case with ‘Islamophobia’.”

American journalist Stephen Schwartz has defined Islamophobia as the condemnation of the entirety of Islam and its history as extremist, denying the existence of a moderate Muslim majority, regarding Islam as a problem for the world, treating conflicts involving Muslims as necessarily their own fault, insisting that Muslims make changes to their religion, and inciting war against Islam as a whole.

Some cases of Islamophobia can be seen here, here and here.

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  1. It is sad that there is even a term for it. But the extent of this so called phobia is nothing new. Even in the history of early Islam that all Muslims know there was really barbaric instances of hate and fear of Islam. I guess the website simply shows what lies ahead…

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