If you cannot name the problem, you cannot fight it.
What is Islamophobia
Islamophobia is a form of racism that is similar to anti-Semitism or bigotry toward people of color. It is based on an irrational fear of Muslims, the idea that all Muslims are somehow complicit in extremist acts, and the belief that Islam is an inherently violent or backwards religion. Like all forms of racism, its primary purpose is to dehumanize the other.
Like other dehumanizing ideologies, when left to grow unchecked, Islamophobia can kill.
Islamophobia is the unfounded hostility towards Muslims, and therefore fear or dislike of all or most Muslims.
The “Islamophobia Documentation and Research Project” at the University of California, Berkeley, taken from the 1997 Runnymede Trust Report
Expert definitions of Islamophobia
Former U.N. Secretary General, Kofi Annan:
[when] the world is compelled to coin a new term to take account of increasingly widespread bigotry — that it is a sad and troubling development. Such is the case with ‘Islamophobia’….
Professor John L. Esposito, Georgetown University:
A two-stranded form of racism – rooted in both the ‘different’ physical appearance of Muslims and also in an intolerance of their religious and cultural beliefs.
How you can stop Islamophobia
It is important to use the term “Islamophobia,” because you cannot fight what you cannot name.
Record Islamophobic Hate Crimes on Your Phone
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What Can Masjids Do to Fight Islamophobia?
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8 Ways Interfaith Partners Can Fight Islamophobia
If you are involved in interfaith work, raise the topic of Islamophobia at your meetings. Stress the urgency for people of all faiths to address and condemn it, along with other forms of intolerance publicly. Read more…
- “Fear Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America,” Center for American Progress
- The Bridge Initiative at Georgetown University
- Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at University of California, Berkeley
- European Islamophobia Report by the Foundation for Political, Economic, and Social Research
- Muslims the world over condemn terrorism (muslimscondemn.com)
- A Common Word: Christians and Muslims standing together
- Why Muslims don’t condemn Islamophobia
- “Christchurch terror attack: How to support New Zealand’s Muslim Communities,” The Spinoff, March 16, 2019.