The Heat: Examining Islamophobia


Recent killings in the United States are examples of what some see as growing intolerance against Arabs and Muslims.
Lebanese-American Khalid Jabara was shot on his porch by a neighbor on August 13 and just a day later Imam Maulama Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin were killed walking home from prayers at a mosque in New York City.

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Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West

A phobia, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is an exaggerated, usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. 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 Western societies – Islamophobia.

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.

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