Islamphobia

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Islamophobia is at the highest in the United States, however it isn’t taken

seriously. Before the events of 9/11, stereotypes, hatred, and prejudices of Muslims or

those perceived to be linked with Islam were taken lightly by the United States public.

After 9/11, and across the globe, Muslims have faced individual and systemic acts of

discrimination and violence after 9/11 as a form of retaliation for the collective guilt

ascribed to the followers of Islam and anyone who resembled them‖ (Zine, 2004, p.111).

The acts of 9/11 have brought on a new attacks on Islam, all which are negative.

Every where around the world Muslim are faced with growing prejudice and are at times

singled out. Hate crimes committed against muslim or Mosques are hardly every heard

about on the news. While Islamophobia is on the rise it is time to break those barriers

and bring communities together in a peaceful manner. This would have to a lot with

media portrays Islam.

If we take a look at the average news media outlet's headliners in the past 5-10

years and it's clear that a certain word or group has managed to stand out: Muslim or

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ISLAMOPHOBIA ANDRIANAKOS

Islam. Now with the spotlight on 1.57 billion people following its five pillars of Islam.

Their every move is taking apart and analyzed and in most cases show cased in a

negative light. The religion of Islam has existed since the 7th century C.E but the term

“Islamophobia” is a relatively recent new thing, maybe the past twenty years or so.

Islamophobia is a problematic term. This is not because hatred of, or discrimination

against, Muslims does not exist. Clearly it does.

Islamophobia is a problematic term because it can be used by both sides to blur

the distinction between criticism and hatred. On the one hand, it…...

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