'Islamophobia' and electoral pacts with Muslim groups

Hasan, Rumy (2003) 'Islamophobia' and electoral pacts with Muslim groups. What Next?. ISSN 1479-4322

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Abstract

Since 11 September 2001, the epithet "Islamophobia" has increasingly become in vogue in Britain – not only from Muslims but also, surprisingly, from wide layers of the left, yet the term is seldom elaborated upon or placed in a proper context. Invariably, it is used unwisely and irresponsibly and my argument is that the left should refrain from using it.

Shockingly, some on the left have, on occasion, even resorted to using it as a term of rebuke against left, secular, critics of reactionary aspects of Muslim involvement in the anti-war movement. So what does the term mean? Literally, "fear of Islam" but, more accurately, a dislike or hatred of Muslims, analogous to "anti-Semitism". Since September 11, there has undoubtedly been an increasing resentment and hostility by some sections of the media towards Muslims in Britain and more generally in the West that, in turn, has also given rise to some popular hostility. But this is rarely made explicitly – rather it is coded as an attack on asylum seekers, refugees, and potential "terrorists", above all, on Arabs from North Africa and the Middle East. This has been most intense in America, where there has been systematic harassment of Arabs for almost two years.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Rumy Hasan
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:12
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2012 12:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15211
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