We are brothers and sisters and whatever a group from our society does affects everyone. Islamophobia is a growing threat against all Muslims. Understanding why it is still prevalent and what has caused this fear is imperative in putting an end to it. Most of the negative sentiment towards Muslims stems from the vast media coverage on the violence and terror attacks instigated by Muslim jihadists in the name of Islam . The growing hatred towards Muslims had manifested itself socially and politically.
The Islamic threat is made to seem disproportionately fearsome, lending support to the thesis (which is an interesting parallel to anti-Semitic paranoia) that there is a worldwide conspiracy behind every explosion (Edward 2016). Similar effort is made in Stephen Schwartz’s The Two Faces of Islam: the House of Saud from Tradition to Terror; it is a search for “demons” and a call to slay “dragons”, which only exist in the fantasy of the author. He says: There have always been two Islam, which have coexisted uneasily through the centuries. One is the mainstream, traditional Islam practiced by the vast majority of Muslims and characterized, for the most part, by moderation and tolerance toward other monotheistic religions; the other an extremist and fascist-like creed that has been preaching and often practicing violence in the name of religion (Schwartz
Muslim Americans, who are viewed as members of a religion that supports violence, are targeted to rising discrimination in USA communities, schools and workplaces. A number of events have triggered such a negative perception of Muslims around the world, one of which is the September 11 terrorist attacks. Living in a post September 11 period has become necessarily difficult for Muslims and Arabs as they are often associated with terrorism and threat. This issue is especially challenging for Muslim American youth because they face adverse reactions from their friends and instructors, which affects their already vulnerable personality. Therefore, examining the Muslim students’ problems with regard to discrimination in USA schools and colleges
It may be hard for the afflicted to sufficiently determine or communicate the source of this fear, but it exists. In recent years, a specific phobia has gripped the world - Islamophobia. Researchers and policy groups define Islamophobia in differing detail, but the term's essence is essentially the same, no matter the source: An exaggerated fear, hatred, and hostility toward Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination, and the marginalization and exclusion of Muslims from social, political, and civic life. It is somewhat hypocritical of us Muslims that when we face hate, prejudice, bigotry from outside the religion of Islam, we call it Islamophobia, but when there is bigotry and hate within the religion of Islam towards a specific group of Muslims known as Shias, no one wants to talk about it. Although the problem of Shia-phobia has been around from many years and has caused serious damage to the Islamic world, society and mankind, what truly hurts is the fact that no one wants to talk about
Viewing Islamophobia from a general view, one cannot fully understand why it exists. Applying different disciplines such as political science and sociology helps someone dissect the problem. The problem of solving Islamophobia is to first understand where it comes from. The reader should now understand that foreign policy, religion, and racism are the driving factors for Islamophobia. People are usually afraid of what they are unfamiliar with.
If there is an aid from US, the majority of Muslim countries doubt the sincerity. Instead, most say it is an effort to control Middle East oil and to try to have hegemony power over Arabs world. According to US, those hatred can lead to terrorism and US government need some
There are a large number of people who believe that Islam is not compatible with Western culture. This belief is likely due to a combination of things. Radical Islamic terrorist groups are the first reason. Why would a religion of peace be able to produce groups that are capable of such heinous crimes against humanity? Another reason is that many Islamic countries practice Sharia Law which is not at all in line with western values as it oppresses women and homosexuals.
The people who practice Islam have experienced hate crimes, the travel ban, and intense security at airports because of stereotypes that have become associated with the religion. It is common today for people to assume that all Muslims are terrorists because of the recent terrorist attacks. This is not the only way people in America make assumptions based off stereotypes. The film Remember the Titans clearly shows discrimination between race in America in the 1970s.
The problem of the Muslim's disregarding in the modern world is becoming more severe as far as more people consider the Muslims to be accused of the organization of terrorism. Since the cases of terrorism have become more frequent, the role of Muslim people in those events becomes exaggerated. This resulted in the perception of Islam as the religion of terrorism in the modern world. Besides the spoiled image of all Muslims, they are often subjected to numerous media attacks, which aggravates the situation. As a result of the lacking knowledge concerning Islam and the related culture, Muslim people are doomed to suffer.
The authors argue that Western media including televisions, newspapers and social media platforms continue depicting Islam as an intolerant religion that abhors fight to attain its religious gratification. The book is a series of cartoons from Western authors portraying Muslims unfavorably. The focus depicts oversexed violent males and oppressed deceptive females (Gottschalk & Greenberg 35). The work of Islamophobia is also supported by Bayraktaroğlu in his work that focuses on the perception of Muslim males in cinema post 9/11 by the American society. Bayraktaroğlu (349) indicates that there have been increased filmic stereotypes of Muslims generally and particularly of Arabs with new negative characters.