The five pillars of Islamophobia

The status of Muslims in the west is under threat. The increased prevalence of anti Muslim hate crime is only one of the more visible consequences. In the UK, Muslim schoolchildren are suffering a ‘backlash’ of abuse, according to the teaching unions; Muslim women are the victims of more than half of Islamophobic attacks, says Tell MAMA.

Though violent crimes against Muslims are understandably a key issue for Muslims and the anti-racist movement, it would be a mistake to think that Islamophobia is just a problem of racism by a small minority on the streets, or those on the fringes of politics. In fact it is deeply embedded in our politics and society, and a more serious problem than many writers have recognised. Moreover, while most accounts of Islamophobia suggest that anti-Muslim racism is simply a matter of prejudice, which may have social consequences, it needs to be understood as more than a problem of racist ideas.

Obviously these are a key part of Islamophobia but to be effective such ideas need to be practically developed—to be actively produced, spread and institutionalised in new policies and practices. Anti-Muslim racism is sustained by what we call the ‘five pillars’ of Islamophobia…

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Or those women are just outright liars.

  • Rosenmops

    Those poor poor Muslims being picked on by everyone. I guess since the West is so mean to them they should go back to Crapistan.

  • pdxnag

    Muslim thugs don’t like any resistance. None at all. They take it all real personal. Anti-Islamic thuggery readily translates to anti-thug, and that is 100 percent personal, to the thug.

    What race is thuggery? Or thug?

    • Petey

      Lol. East Indian, actually. Look it up.

  • Minicapt

    They shouldn’t worry about Mohammedans being treated as inferiors; they should worry about why the Mohammedans are inferior.


  • db

    Again and again, islam is not a race! Get that through your thick, zebibah spotted skulls you supremacist assholes.

  • Islam is utterly evil – it needs to be eradicated from human society everywhere. Therefore, Islamophobia is actually a good thing, a step in the right direction – until there is no more Islam in the world to speak of.

  • Seneca III

    I notice that one of the authors of this paper is Hilary Aked. That figures!

  • AlexanderGalt

    If only…

  • Gaian

    Is this horse manure for real? Since when is islam a race? There is no such thing as “islamophobia” (fear of islam). Civilized people don’t fear the violent, criminal ideology of islam, they are disgusted, revolted, by its atrocities and barbarity. islamic women have been bred or beaten into being brainless sheep and islamic inbred males are utterly beyond redemption. People who reject this violent and socially retarded element in a civilized society are doing what needs to be done for the survival of intelligent beings.