Islamophobia: As I Define It

A number of comments have been left, asking me to explain what Islamophobia is. It’s is a complex movement.
Many nuances. However, from several years of research, I define it loosely as a negatively charged campaign against
all Muslims, occuring of a vast geographic range, featuring recuring claims or motifs that 1) Islam is a monolithic religion;
2) Islam is a conspiracy to colonize or “Islamify”, this news report featuring sub-category stories about the burka, halal, and Muslims on
 welfare and Muslims birth rates/Muhommad the most common name story; 3) connect to this, the news story – these concerns have all become news stories, by the way – that mosques
 (or mega mosques) and/or their imams have “terror ties”; that the “Muslim man” is misogynistic; 5) and last, but not
 least, that Islam is generally incompatible with the west, representing a “clash of civilizations” – to quote Bernard Lewis
– a clash that will inevitably come because of inherent differences. It’s broader goal is to inflame feelings towards
Muslims, for ideological reasons, and represents a serious threat to the future not just of multicultural Europe, but to the stability of the continent itself.



Journalist - Newsweek, Gothamist, City Limits, The Villager, etc. Tracking the rise of nationalist movements in Europe since the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. Twitter:
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