Article: Why the ‘Daily Telegraph’ And ‘Daily Mail’ Are Wrong About Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime


huffington-post-logoI’m especially excited to have been accepted as a blogger at the Huffington Post.

As such, I’m as equally excited to have published my first blog article, “Why the ‘Daily Telegraph’ And ‘Daily Mail’ Are Wrong About Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime”.

You can read the article in full by clicking here, but if you want to try before you buy (it’s free to read, don’t worry) I’ve pasted the first few paragraphs below:

Having researched Islamophobia and anti-Muslim phenomena for more than a decade, I’ve come to realise that for some people the ‘number’ of incidents are far more important than the reality of the lives of those affected.

I often wonder what ‘number’ would make those who downplay the problem – as Andrew Gilligan did in this weekend’s Sunday Telegraph (with a follow-up story in today’s The Daily Mail) – finally acknowledge that Islamophobia is a social problem that needs to be tackled.

For me, the ‘numbers’ issue is problematic, not least because it is largely initiated and perpetuated by Islamophobia’s detractors. For whatever reason this group either repeatedly declares that Islamophobia does not exist or attempts to undermine those trying to tackle it. In the world of these detractors, if there aren’t any ‘numbers’ then this is categorical ‘evidence’ that Islamophobia does not exist.

It is no surprise therefore that the ‘numbers’ put forward by Tell MAMA, relating to the sharp increase in anti-Muslim incidents recorded since the brutal murder in Woolwich almost a fortnight ago, have undergone the same scrutiny. What the ‘numbers’ show is that since the barbaric murder of Lee Rigby, the number of Muslims who have become victims of prejudice, discrimination, bigotry and hate has increased. This cannot be denied.

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