Before one can talk about the causes of Islamophobia one must understand its meaning. “Phobia” is defined in Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.” Through understanding, Islamophobia has become known as hostility and discrimination towards Muslims (Said 56). However, defining who Islamophobia targets is a well-debated subject. Does Islamophobia target the religion of Islam, Muslims or the Arab community. Bleich suggests defining Islamophobia as “indiscriminate negative attitudes or emotions directed at Islam or Muslims” (182). He justifies his definition by recognizing the multidimensional nature of Islamophobia. Bleich conceptualizes Islamophobia with conjunction with the concepts of homophobia or xenophobia and the terms of racism, sexism or anti-Semitism. This conceptualization refers to various forms of negative attitudes and emotions directed towards an individual or a community, like the case of Islamophobia targeting Islam as a religion and/or Muslims as individuals. These attitudes usually embody emotions of fear, disgust, anger, aversion, anxiety, rejection, etc. Islamophobia...
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...ver nine times more likely to be non-Muslim than a Muslim (Alnatour). Another point is that there have also been 140,000 terror attacks committed worldwide since 1970. Even if Muslims carried out all of these attacks, which they have not, those terrorists would represent less than 0.00009 percent of all Muslims. To put things into perspective, this means that you are more likely to be struck by lightning in your lifetime than a Muslim is likely to commit a terrorist attack during that same timespan (Alnatour).
Like the cousin of Muhammad, Ali, says “Man is either your brother in faith or your brother in humanity” (Hamdar). Humans have to realize that they are more similar than they are different. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Atheist at the end of the day we are all human. We all share the same blood and all are prone to suffering.
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