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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Islamophobia in Europe and in Africa should not be conflated

By MSAFROPOLITAN 



"[B]efore 9/11, hardly anyone used the term ‘Islamophobia’. Today, the term is used all the time, especially by liberals, but rarely with an accompanying reflection of its corresponding relationship to the ongoing “war against terror”....

Thus, it is not surprising that a growing number of Europeans, who since 9/11 have been fed a media diet of “war against [islamist] terror” dishes, are seemingly Islamophobic. However, since it is difficult to be afraid of something which is not always apparent, in practice, Islamophobia in Europe manifests really as good old anti-immigration, racism and bigotry. Europe finds itself in unstable times, not only politically but also economically and ideologically, and for many Europeans there is a stability to be found in the illusion of white supremacy.

In Africa, it is even more incongruous to talk about Islamophobia. Just like a Christianophobic Europe would mean a Europe that is in denial of its own history, so too is an Islamophobic Africa oxymoronic. Islam’s nuances – its poetry, philosophy and aesthetic beauty, as well as its repressive, violent traditions – are interwoven into Africa’s history....


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