The word Islamophobia has been around for a long time, a form of racism and was reintroduced by the Runnymede Trust in 1996 a commission to study Muslims in Britain. The government wanted a world view on why there was an increasing hatred and dislike for Muslims and if or why the Muslims were being excluded and discriminated against in economic, social and public life. At the time and still, there is a growing opinion that Islam is inferior and has no value in common with other cultures, thought to be a political ideology, and a violent one at that.
The Runnymede Report
8 views associated with Islamophobia
- Islam a huge obstacle, static and unresponsive to change.
- Separate with nothing in common
- Seen as inferior, barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist
- Violent, aggressive, threatening, clashes with others
- Used for political and military advantage
- Won't listen to criticism
- Used to justify discrimination against Muslims
- Appears to be a natural response
The word was brought into the mainstream after 911, namely by fear.
Islamophobia, I'm sure we will be seeing it in print more often, at least until after the Winter Olympics in Sochi.