The meaning of the word “Islamophobia” is prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of Muslims or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim. While the term is widely recognized and used, both the term and the underlying concept have been criticized as a form of racism and discrimination.
It is wrong to discriminate against someone because of their ethnic origin or the color of their skin? Then why do some people see it to be acceptable to discriminate against someone because of a harsh and biased generalization of their religion, and freedom of speech.
Recent events have generated a lot of debate about Islam, Muslims and freedom of speech. Unfortunately, much of that debate has fallen back upon tired arguments about not only what “Muslims are like” but also how those who oppose Islamophobia are somehow defending oppression or defending the unforgivable acts of extremists, for example 9.11.
Kenan Malik raises interesting points about Islamophobia he questions if Islamophobia really exists? Or is the hatred and abuse of Muslims being exaggerated to suit politicians’ needs and silence the critics of Islam?
He believes that trouble with Islamophobia is that it is an irrational concept. It confuses hatred of, and discrimination against, Muslims on the one hand with criticism of Islam on the other. The charge of ‘Islamophobia’ is all too often used not to highlight racism but to stifle criticism. And in reality discrimination against Muslims is not as great as is often perceived – but criticism of Islam should be greater.
This is useful for my essay,because I can present an alternative point of view that Islamophobia doesn’t really exist and it overused by Muslim people.
In my coursework, I’m focussing on the topic of ‘otherness’, theme number 3 titled the race card : representations of the visible ‘other’. My focus is Islamophobia in the UK.
For each piece of research,I am going to create a blog post which answers the following:
1) Summarise what the research piece was about
2) What were the key/interesting points?
3) Explain how this relates/might be useful to your chosen case study
I have watched the movie Zero Dark 30.
Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal.
It is argued to be the most egregious display of Islamophobia in Hollywood, Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the hunt and capture of Osama Bin Laden. In this movie muslims are portrayed as pathologically evil terrorists intent on destroying America and hiding Bin Laden.
It portrays dramatisation of terrorists or the glorification of torture and its efficacy.The most important takeaway from this film might be just how ingrained Islamophobia has become in American society, in no small part due to Hollywood. Hatred of Muslims torture, or the Navy SEAL’s action of bursting Bin Laden’s hiding place and murdering absolutely everything in sight is not only normal but also worthy of glorification.