Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Friend and Enemy

Andrew Shryock, editor of this volume of nine articles, says that Islamophobia can be a very nebulous term. And he defines it roughly as a blanket fear or dislike of Muslims. “Some people treat it as an ‘irrational’ fear, but I don’t think that adds anything important to the concept. It can be quite rational,” he says. And he defines Islamophilia as a blanket affection for Islam and Muslims; an apologetic, defensive attitude; usually is activated by Islamophobia. “The two go together,” he says. [Live Web Chat: Islamophobia/Islamophilia, muslimvoices.org] The…

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