ISLAMOPHOBIA: ROOTED IN THEIR RELIGION, OR OUR POLITICS?
With speaker Junaid S. Ahmad
The term Islamophobia has always been a highly contested term. The debate about whether it actually exists gained prominence since the 9/11 attacks in the US, 7/7 here in the UK, and a host of other violent attacks during the age of the ‘Global War on Terror.’ For a good part of the past two decades, Islamophobia was considered to be either a figment of our imagination, or a justified response to ‘violent Muslim behavior,’ or merely a fleeting phenomenon as an understandable reaction to particular events, and would eventually disappear. The fact that Islamophobia has not vanished but only intensified and ‘traveled’ throughout the world compels us to critically assess the claims of its roots and ongoing persistence.