Immigration backlash

“The Canadian Council for Muslim Women, an organization formed in 1982 — well before Muslims started arriving in large numbers and well before current fears of Muslim terrorism and religiosity — is “concerned about a movement within Muslim communities to segregate women.” Although this group was attacked for fanning Islamophobia, it refused to be silenced, deploring the fact that “Muslim women [went] from being a part of Canadian society in the 1960s and earlier, to being disinterested and disengaged from mainstream society,” a phenomenon it blames on the Wahabi-style Arabization of Islam financed with Saudi dollars.

“With the rise of a puritan interpretation of Islam, a movement is afoot towards insularity and rejection of all things ‘Western’, such as celebrating local holidays [and] participating in non-Muslim children’s birthday parties…”

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