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  Islamophobia Watch - Islamophobia: A Definition
Islamophobia is the fear and/or hatred of Islam, Muslims or Islamic culture.
Islamophobia can be characterised by the belief that all or most Muslims are religious fanatics, have violent tendencies towards non-Muslims, and reject as directly opposed to Islam such concepts as equality, tolerance, and democracy.
It is viewed as a new form of racism whereby Muslims, an ethno-religious group, not a race, are nevertheless constructed as a race.
www.islamophobia-watch.com /islamophobia-a-definition   (725 words)

  Transcript of Kenan Malik's film 'Are Muslims Hated?'
Islamophobia is an unreasonable and large unfounded hate or fear of people who have a Muslim background and it applies to people who are perceived to be Muslim.
It is not Islamophobia that makes parents take 14 year old bright girls out of school to marry illiterate men, and the girl has again to bring up the next generation who will again be denied not just education but the value of education.
What Islamophobia does is it just becomes a convenient label a figleaf a reason that is so comfortable for Muslims whenever they have to look at why they aren't in the places that they have to be.
www.kenanmalik.com /tv/c4_islamophobia.html   (3217 words)

 OpinionJournal - Featured Article
To bring an end to Islamophobia, we must employ a holistic approach that treats the core of the disease.
Islamophobia could end when masses of Muslims demonstrate in the streets against videos displaying innocent people being beheaded with the same vigor we employ against airlines, Israel and cartoons of Muhammad.
It is well past time that Muslims cease using the charge of "Islamophobia" as a tool to intimidate and flmail those who speak up against suspicious passengers and against those who rightly criticize current Islamic practices and preachings.
www.opinionjournal.com /editorial/feature.html?id=110010123   (1037 words)

 The Second Draft
Islamophobia refers to the irrational fear of Islam that drives people to make blanket judgments accusing all Muslims (over a billion people) of harboring the same murderous fantasies that Muslim extremists express and act upon.
Islamophobia is a common accusation used in PCP circles where, like the accusation of Antisemitism, it is intended to stigmatize the person so designated as having gone far beyond the boundaries of acceptable discourse, along with racism and essentialism.
Islamophobia has such currency that at least one academic at a US university felt justified in requiring his students to write a paper on “outright Islamophobes”, including major scholars like Patricia Crone, Fouad Ajami, Bernard Lewis, Niall Ferguson, Samuel Huntington.
www.seconddraft.org /ess_islamophobia.php   (1950 words)

 Kenan Malik's essay 'The Islamophobia Myth'
Islamophobia driven by what people want to believe is true, rather than what really is true.
Islamophobia shapes 'how Muslim children are treated in schools', the 'self-esteem on Muslim children' as well as 'their educational achievements'.
But, she adds, it has also become 'a convenient label, a figleaf, a reason that is so comfortable for Muslims whenever they have to look at why they aren't in the places that they have to be.
www.kenanmalik.com /essays/islamophobia_prospect.html   (3390 words)

 On Islamophobia-phobia Piers Benn
We often hear that Islamophobia is widespread in the British media and culture.
Islamophobia is said to manifest itself in ignorant and prejudiced ideas of what ‘true’ Islam really teaches.
The liberal British media, anxious to distance itself from ‘Islamophobia’, plays these logical problems down, partly because it cannot be bothered to understand them, and partly because it cannot believe that some religious people are less wishy-washy than they are themselves.
www.rationalist.org.uk /newhumanist/issue02summer/benn.shtml   (1661 words)

 Islamophobia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some critics argue that Islamophobia is real but is just another form of racism and doesn't deserve its own category, while others argue that, unlike racism, Islam is a religion that people can choose to adopt or not, retain or apostatize from.
Many argue that the term Islamophobia is often used to censor criticism and and therefore its use threatens free speech.
Hasan is equally critical of attempts to dismiss Islamophobia as a myth.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Islamophobia   (6501 words)

 Islamophobia myth
Scaremongering about Islamophobia promotes a Muslim victim culture and allows some community leaders to inflame a sense of injury while suppressing internal debate.
What is being created here is a culture of victimhood in which 'Islamophobia' has become one-stop cause of the myriad of problems facing Muslims.
Alibhai Brown disagrees with me about the extent of Islamophobia, believing that it is a major force shaping Muslim lives.
communautarisme.net /Islamophobia-myth_a352.html?...   (3588 words)

 Islamophobia Myth   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The charge of "Islamophobia" is all too often used not to highlight racism but to silence critics of Islam, or even Muslims fighting for reform of their communities.
Journalists, Muslim leaders and even the home office all shouted "Islamophobia." "The whole Muslim community is being targeted by the police," claimed Khalid Sofi of the Muslim Council of Britain.
Even Muslim organisations that campaign against Islamophobia find it hard to make the case that attacks on Muslims are routine.
frontpagemag.com /Articles/Printable.asp?ID=16735   (2238 words)

 FAIR - Promoting a multi faith, multi-ethnic Britain
The report on Islamophobia by the Runnymede Trust in 1997 is an illustration of the growing magnitude of the problem.
The problem was again highlighted in January 2000 by the Interim Report of the Research Project on Religious Discrimination, commissioned by the Home Office and based at the University of Derby, and by the Parekh Report on The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain in October 2000.
The Forum Against Islamophobia & Racism (FAIR) was founded in 2001 as an independent charitable organization – our aim is to work towards establishing a Safe, Just and Tolerant Britain in which Islamophobia and racism have no place.
www.fairuk.org /introduction.htm   (450 words)

 Islamophobia's Big Day at the UN - Campus Watch
Nowhere was this more on display than at the recent seminar on ‘Islamophobia,' forced upon an all-too-willing UN in exchange for holding a seminar on anti-Semitism earlier in 2004.
Conceived as part of a series on "unlearning intolerance," the seminar aimed to confirm prejudices of the Islamic world toward the West, and especially the United States, as the sources of all Islam's failure and weakness.
If Islamophobia was simply negative thoughts about Muslims, this was a wholly personal problem.
www.campus-watch.org /article/id/1451   (1098 words)

 The Language of Islamophobia
Paper presented at the “Exploring Islamophobia” Conference jointly organised by FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism), City Circle, and Ar-Rum at The University of Westminster School of Law, London, on 29 September 2001.
Well yes, there were some tough nuts in there, pretty well all of them hard men in television serials, but the hardest ones were judged to be not those who used their fists but those who used words, and rated top of this class, the prizefighter, was Jeremy Paxman, the presenter of Newsnight on BBC2.
Islamophobia is a reality and it needs to be corrected, not by using the word itself as a label to stifle just criticism, not by defensive hostility, and not by shouting louder, but by knowledge, by reason, by  detailed work, and above all by the example  of our own humanity.
www.masud.co.uk /ISLAM/misc/phobia.htm   (3832 words)

 spiked-politics | Article | Who's afraid of Islamophobia?
Islamophobia will once more erupt worldwide and be legitimised by some political leaders.
But an examination of many of the publications and statements about Islamophobia suggests that this is not what the term meant in the first place.
Instead, 'Islamophobia' is used to refer to a huge range of incidents, many of which are relatively minor - though they are often presented in sensational terms.
www.spiked-online.com /Articles/00000006D95B.htm   (1560 words)

 Islamophobia Watch - Home
The Islamic Human Rights Commission has also expressed alarm at the recent upsurge in anti-Muslim attacks and Islamophobia which have coincided with the month of Ramadan.
Mad Mel and the BNP on the clash of civilisations
'Islamophobia Watch' is a non profit making venture documenting material already in the public domain.
www.islamophobia-watch.com   (1351 words)

 IHRC - Islamophobia Awards
A contemporary and emerging form of prejudice Islamophobia can be described as stereotypes, bias or acts of hostility towards individual Muslims or followers of Islam in general.
In addition to individual acts of intolerance and racial profiling, Islamophobia leads to viewing Muslims as a greater security threat on an institutional, systemic and societal level and perceiving their views to be intrinsically problematic, violent or unethical.
The Islamophobia Awards is an annual event to acknowledge - through satire, revue and comedy - the worst Islamophobes of that year.
www.ihrc.org.uk /islamophobia   (450 words)

 BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Islamophobia: Ask the experts
I'm not particularly happy about the term Islamophobia sometimes because the emphasis is, or the connotation is, that it is an irrational fear of something.
I don't think that Islamophobia's is totally based on irrational fear, they are a lot of historical things and stuff like that.
There is injustice and nobody can deny that and I believe that Western policies have to be re-examined, reviewed, evaluated and in my piece I said that individual people in the West should take part in the foreign policies of their countries, foreign policy should not be foreign to them, they have to be involved.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/talking_point/special/islam/3174817.stm   (4678 words)

Re-establishing trust among peoples of different faiths and cultures must be of the highest priority, he stressed, or discrimination would continue to taint innocent lives and make moving ahead with the ambitious international agenda of peace, security and development impossible.
Combating Islamophobia, he stressed, would require taking into account not only the role of extremism in Islam, but also the role of extremism among Christians and Jews.
In the ensuing discussion, several participants addressed the role of the media in furthering Islamophobia, asking what could be done to assist or educate the media in promoting a more balanced view of Islam.  In response, Mr.
www.un.org /News/Press/docs/2004/hr4801.doc.htm   (6089 words)

 Insted - Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia
Its first report, Islamophobia: a challenge for us all, was published in 1997 and was launched at the House of Commons by the Home Secretary, Jack Straw MP.
It is the view of the Muslim Council of Britain that very little progress has been made in tackling the horror of Islamophobia in the United Kingdom since it was brought into sharp focus by the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia in its report published in 1997.
Whilst we recognise the adverse impact of international politics on the perception of Islam generally and Muslims living in the United Kingdom, we strongly feel that the government has done little to discharge its responsibilities under international law to protect its Muslim citizens and residents from discrimination, vilification, harassment, and deprivation.
www.insted.co.uk /islam.html   (1278 words)

 BBC News | UK POLITICS | Pledge to wipe out Islamophobia
The Muslim News said it had documented nearly 100 confirmed reports of so-called "revenge attacks", including mosques being fire-bombed and mothers threatened by gangs of men in front of their children.
Saturday's one-day anti-racism conference is being organised by UK group the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism (Fair).
Fair said the event was originally designed to explore the more subtle forms of Islamophobia, such as the way the religion is portrayed in the media, popular culture, education and political language.
news.bbc.co.uk /hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_1570000/1570106.stm   (491 words)

 Home / Headlines / Islamophobia - Media Monitors Network (MMN)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Islamophobia and Arabophobia has been part of western culture since the Crusades, with Saddam and Osama only the latest in a long line of Arab bogeymen.
The real reason for the current spate of Islamophobia is the fact that Islam has been the fastest growing religion in the world and as such poses a threat to the West.
The combined forces of racial discrimination and Islamophobia have been awesome in the marginalisation and alienation of the Muslim community.
usa.mediamonitors.net /headlines/islamophobia   (1151 words)

 Talk:Islamophobia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The article is about the terminology and concept of Islamophobia and as such it strikes me as too presumptive for the article to in fact be using such a neologistic term (outside of quotes where the term has been used by others).
Islamophobia is an appropriate subject for a category whether you agree with the concept or not.
As far as quoting the word "islamophobia", there are ways of writing this article that are in accord with a neutral point of view that would negate the need for the quotes but despite my efforts to move in that direction my edits keep getting reverted.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Islamophobia   (11095 words)

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