You can read a comment piece I wrote a while ago about why Theresa May was wrong to refer to Islamophobia as a form of extremism by clicking here.
Originally published in the Huffington Post, the first few paragraphs are reproduced below:
Why Theresa May Is Wrong To Suggest That Islamophobia Is A Form Of Extremism
In response to the horrific events in Finsbury Park, Theresa May rightly described the attack as “an evil borne out of hatred and it has devastated a community”. In doing so, she captured the outrage that many were feeling.
What was interesting however was the way in which she referred to Islamophobia. According to her, Islamophobia was a form of extremism. Of course, any attempt to tackle Islamophobia is not only welcome but so too long overdue in the British political spaces especially as the Conservatives had gone silent on the issue once the impotence of its Cross-Government Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hate had been exposed. However, referring to Islamophobia as a form of extremism and indeed continuing to frame it in this way is extremely problematic.
Much has been made about the fact that Islamophobia is difficult to define. This isn’t exclusive to Islamophobia. In fact the same is true of all discriminatory phenomena including racism, homophobia and sexism among others. As an attempt to bring some consistency to the debate, I recently submitted a briefing paper to MPs suggesting that a definition of Islamophobia could be shaped from a Governmentally-endorsed working definition of Antisemitism.
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