Name: Houda Trady, Rowan Abdel Fattah
Class: Race and ethnic relations
Professor: N. Marshood
Islam phobia is the fear of "Muslims” as terrorists and it also refers to hostility toward Islam and Muslims that tends to dehumanize an entire faith. Fear of Islam has been present in the western world for centuries. Perhaps the earliest example of this can be seen in the Crusades in the 11th century. However, since the events in New York on September 11, 2001, this fear has been intensified, which lead again to Islam phobia, and what promotes this act more is the media.
In the U.S, this wave of fear and hatred against Islam and Muslims is defined by the term Islam phobia, which was initiated in Europe in the 1990s (New York Times news article (8/15/02)
The media and in particular the press, radio and television, but also the internet, such as films and magazines are often held responsible for spreading and constructing negative stereotypes for Muslims and Islam in the United States. In addition, the American media and the media of many other Western countries always tend to link Islam and Muslims in general with the 9/11 attacks.
Islam phobia has increased dramatically after September 11, from 5% to 15% according to the department of homeland security. The term was rarely mentioned in US newspapers before 9/11. However, it became increasingly common soon thereafter. For most, Islam phobia is an extremely painful experience for Muslims and especially women. (ASA)
With its negative effects on Muslims, Islam phobia has become an unquestionable issue for them. Currently, the united...