L"Islamophobia in Europe" what is Islamophobia ? When such series of events can occupy the fron page of the all national leading news why rediff moderator doesnt encourage such discussion on the board?
The Runnymede Trust has identified eight components that they say define Islamophobia.
This definition, from the 1997 document 'Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All' is widely accepted, including by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia.
The eight components are:
1) Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
2) Islam is seen as separate and 'other'. It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
3) Islam is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.
4) Islam is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism and engaged in a 'clash of civilisations'.
5) Islam is seen as a political ideology and is used for political or military advantage. ...more
has become a disease, and attacks on mosques are now routine. There are scores of people who rants against
Arab culture and Muslim faith. Prejudice against Islam has become a disease, and attacks on mosques are now
routine.Their various remarks about Muslims are revealing, in that they show the degree to which prejudice is - as
so often - mixed with quite astonishing ignorance.There are moments when it is possible to believe that
Europe is beginning to shed its racist past, and to hope that we do now live in a genuinely tolerant,
colour-blind and multicultural society. Yet it is still clearly acceptable to most people in Britain to
make the sort of straightforwardly racist remarks about Arabs and Muslims that would now be considered
quite unacceptable if made about Jews, Catholics or blacks.
Nevertheless, in context of India, one must understand that Indian culture has now been highly influenced by Islamic culture and a no. of traditions being followed in India are basically Muslim traditions including "Purdah" and "anti-alcohol sentiments".