The only common aspect among all definitions of Islamophobia is that all of them have something negative to say about Muslims or Islam or both. This book traces Islamophobia as a phenomenon from history and attempts to break some of the myths that are dominant in contemporary literature. It explains how the fear of Islam travelled through ages, adding more ills into its ambit and escalating to a level of generalized fear of Muslims today. Islamophobia: History, Context and Deconstruction challenges many established theories including that of the influential post-colonial writer and critic. Edward Said's view that Islamophobia is European hostility and prejudice towards Arabo-Muslim people. The author envisages Islamophobia as a multidimensional construct and provides tools for measuring its manifold dimensions. The book focuses on providing a diagnosis of the problem and prognostic solutions to avoid further degradation of the relations between Islam, the West and the rest. It is a response from the East to the Western discourses on Islamophobia.
Chapter 4: Cultural and Religious Racism
Cultural and Religious Racism
Historical Perspective of Racism and Religious Racism
The ‘blood libels’ against Jews that started in the medieval times were established with a conviction that blood could pass on holy or mysterious properties. The idea, verifiable in these allegations, that Christian blood contrasted from Jewish was unmistakably attested in the 16th-century Spanish notion of limpieza de sangre.1 In any case, the way that distinctive assortments of creatures of similar species could interbreed, as could all people, implied that such pre-current hereditarianism did not debilitate the universal confidence in the fundamental solidarity of mankind. In the 17th and 18th centuries and the past, the expression ‘race’ or its proportionate was additionally as often as possible used to allude to countries ...