Islamophobia

Islamophobia
Elin A. & Sarah S.

Let’s talk about Islamophobia. We have all heard this word at least once in our lives. It is a persistent thing in almost every society around the world. It can be a controversial topic where many emotions and opinions get mixed.

Although, it can be apparent that some people do not understand or know what this actually means, what it entails, the effects and how it is present in our society.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that is defined by a person’s persistent and onset fear of an object or situation.

Islamophobia, according to the Webster-Merriam dictionary, is “irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against Islam or people who practice Islam”. Simply put, Islamophobia is a large fear and loathing towards Muslims and Islam, which can eventually lead to violent behaviour to this specific group of people.

Moreover, in the opinions of some Muslims, Islamophobia is not just another fear that some people have towards a group of people. Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, a writer, spoken word poet and educator, describes how “Islamophobia is a strategy of governance to legitimize state violence through dehumanization and the othering of Muslims”.

Personally speaking to Islamophobia victims opens the eyes and gives a better perspective on the issue at hand. They mentioned “getting laughed at in public if I ever mentioned that I was Muslim”, “wearing my hijab makes it easier to point out that I am Muslim”, “I got attacked in the middle of the streets”, “they ripped off my hijab”, “they attacked me physically” and “they just started yelling curse words and slurs at me”.

These experiences are sadly all too common and have effects that can lead to trauma and fear for many. This includes fear of going outside and facing the public. Another effect described by a fellow friend is “some Muslim parents view anywhere that their kids can get in contact with anyone who is dangerous.

This makes the parents stop their kids from going anywhere without being fully aware of their surroundings and not getting in contact with anyone.”

Worldwide, there have been many Islamophobic incidents for years. According to Gallup, the premise of Islamophobia existed before the terrorist attacks of September 11 2001, however these attacks increased the amount of it.

Examples of this is in February 2020, two Muslims in two different countries were both violently attacked within 24 hours of each other. In February 2021, a racist man spat at a Muslim woman and shouted slurs and curse words at her. A bit further back in Sweden in 2015, an unidentified group of people wrote hurtful slurs against Muslims on the side of a mosque and set different fires.

In 2018 Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, made comments about Muslims women wearing a burqa. He compared the women to “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. The accounts of Islamophobia can range from politicians making comments to people making violent attacks as seen over the internet.

Bibliography

“Definition of ISLAMOPHOBIA.” Merriam-Webster.com, 2019, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Islamophobia.

Gallup. “Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West.” Gallup.com, 31 Dec. 2000, news.gallup.com/poll/157082/islamophobia-understanding-anti-muslim-sentiment-west.aspx.

Gurchathen Sanghera, et al. “Eight Ways That Islamophobia Operates in Everyday Life.” The Conversation, 11 Oct. 2016, theconversation.com/eight-ways-that-islamophobia-operates-in-everyday-life-64444.

Manzoor-Khan, Suhaiymah. “Why We Need Islamophobia Awareness Month.” New Internationalist, 20 Nov. 2018, newint.org/features/2018/11/20/why-we-need-islamophobia-awareness-month.

* A school assignment

Islamofobi السابق

Islamofobi

ملكة جمال بورما السابقة تنضم إلى مجموعة مسلحة لمحاربة الجيش والانقلاب العسكري التالي

ملكة جمال بورما السابقة تنضم إلى مجموعة مسلحة لمحاربة الجيش والانقلاب العسكري

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