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Islamophobia: Between Reality and Fiction

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The goal of this paper is to demonstrate that the term Islamophobia, is purposely ill-defined so that it can be cleverly used by Muslim extremists for political ends, specifically the silencing of any opposition. The objective of these extremists is to project blame onto their victims by arguing that they themselves are victims of the same actions they have been committing against people of other religions. Throughout this paper it will be demonstrated that non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Christians, have been the object of Muslim extremist violence since the beginning of Islam.

This paper will begin by presenting the different definitions offered to define the phenomenon termed Islamophobia, and the serious criticism applied to these definitions. The remaining sections will demonstrate that the components used in the different definitions of Islamophobia (i.e. hostility, fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam and Muslims or towards Muslim culture, exclusion and discrimination, anxiety, and rejection of Muslims ) are more suited to describe the harm inflicted by Muslim extremists on non-Muslims, particularly Jews and Christians.

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Dr. Wagdy Loza is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Queen’s University, a Member of the Ontario Review Board (Ontario), Chief Psychologist, a retired member of Correctional Service of Canada, former Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Carleton University, and former Chair of the Extremism/Terrorism section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).