Islamophobia: Political Islam’s Latest Incarnation Debilitates Public Discourse

At present, political Islam has incarnated into a powerful political strategy ..

Political Islam began almost from the moment Islam was born. In fact, if we notice the core doctrines of Islam, it is doubtless that politics—rather, political imperialism—and Islam are inseparable. From brutal military campaigns to imposing Jizya (poll tax) on nonbelievers, to never-ending Jihadi attacks, one of Islam’s key rivets has been to deal with non-Muslims.

However, for merely the purpose of distinction, this article uses the term “political Islam.” At present, political Islam has incarnated into a powerful political strategy known as Islamophobia. Simply put, label anything that appears unsavory to Muslims as anti-Islam or anti-Muslim.

mmAs it is defined, Islamophobia is the extreme or irrational hatred or prejudice against Muslims or Islam. The term was coined by the Muslim Brotherhood in the early 1990s to describe attitudes towards Muslims residing in the United Kingdom. The usage of the term over the years, however, is harming the potential for an ideological debate on the root causes of Islamic terrorism, and is intentionally bringing free speech and expression to a screeching halt across the world.

This brand of political Islam has influential sympathizers, particularly in stable democracies such as the United States, UK and India. This article will briefly examine the effects on public discourse with regard to the textual, academic, and intellectual terrorism of these influential sympathizers.

Effects of Islamophobia on Public Debate on Terrorism in the United States

Since the attacks on the World Trade Center, the debate on Islamic fundamentalism has acquired an urgency not witnessed previously. Notwithstanding this urgency, the media and academics continue to restrict themselves to common socioeconomic factors.

wtcWhile military strategy and alliances have been mulled over and chalked out by successive administrations, there has not been a substantive discourse on the ideological root causes motivating Islamic terrorists. The senescent panoply of explanations includes alienation, joblessness, racial discrimination, and poverty, which are spurring people to kill and be killed for Islam.

Curiously, this narrative does not change despite the alarming success rate of ISIS in recruiting Muslims and non-Muslims across the globe. For example, there are countless horror stories of how women travel from their middle and upper middle class homes to ISIS controlled territory to play their role in reestablishing the Caliphate, to assist in perpetuating the sex-slave market, or to aid in brutalizing women for not following regressive Islamic rules. Of course, it is obvious they are motivated by more than racial discrimination and poverty.

The fact is that many ethnic/religious groups have lived through these realities in Western nations, and still have not resorted to adopting a path of murder and mayhem. When Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii sought to dispel this well entrenched narrative by stating that President Obama is making a cardinal mistake by not linking radical Islamic theology with actions of ISIS, her remarks were less than appreciated in many quarters.

Islamic advocacy organizations have not done anything to help either. The American Muslim (TAM) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) make every effort to ensure that the aforementioned list of reasons is the prevailing narrative. CAIR has even compiled a list of so-called Islamophobes. The group does not seem to be disconcerted by the cold-blooded killing at all. But CAIR and other Islamic groups certainly become pretty vexed when someone posts innocuous comments on social media.

Truly, this Marxist-inspired narrative finds a lot of resonance with the media and academia. The media and academic institutions aid in perpetuating the prevalent narrative by creating a victim mentality among the Muslim population. This mentality is only serving to cement justifications for radicalization. I will not say that the educational institutions are radicalizing young Muslims per se, but fed with a constant dose of victim mentality complex, they are certainly, albeit unwittingly providing that fuel.

When I was an undergraduate student, it was commonplace for liberal arts professors to rant about Israeli and Indian atrocities in Palestine and Kashmir respectively, but the part about the Islamists killing thousands in the name of theology was omitted. It became acutely evident that Muslim students in courses such as Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian studies, behaved like and were treated as star victims who were bearing unimaginable atrocities.

Most Professors in those departments encouraged and sustained such victim mentality complexes, and challenging this account would make you highly unpopular. Even if the busybody policing of the West is to be wholeheartedly condemned, it is a matter of historical fact that Islam predated any Western interference in the Middle East region.

Effects of Islamophobia on the Debate on Terrorism in India

In India, which has a bloody history of over 1200 years of heinous brutalities against Hindus should have made the modern day academia and mainstream media a trailblazer in understanding the root causes of continuing Islamism.

However, academics have candy-coated history to a staggering extent. Niceties abound on Akbar, and outlandish reasons are provided for why Aurangzeb destroyed Hindu temples. The wounds are deep and still raw.

When Islam entered India, it not only satiated its bloodlust by decimating sacred structures, but also left a devastating impact on the Hindu psyche. For example, dietary habits, styles of dress, language, and even names of places were changed to reflect Islam’s indelible blemish.

These devastating actions of long ago have seeped into modern India’s narrative in a big way. The fact is that terrorism cannot be explained away by poverty. Many Islamists hail from middle, upper middle class, and even affluent backgrounds, and neither money nor access to education is an issue for them.

So what is the reason? When there is a genuine attempt to explain Islamist violence through theological teachings, the media and academia should sit up and take note, rather than putting on a spectacular show of fake outrage.

swamyAlthough the word Islamophobia is not that widespread in the media and academia in India, the practice of constantly labeling anything distasteful to Muslims as anti-Muslim does manage to do the trick of bulldozing one into political correctness. When Dr. Subramanian Swamy suggested ways to defeat Islamic fundamentalism in India, his proposition was not weighed on merit and practicability, but rather on the “hurt sentiment” of Indian-Muslims.

Similarly, the galaxy of always-ready-to-please-and-appease-Muslims Left parties like moths to a flame, have rapaciously taken to the absolutely baseless phrase of “Hindu/Saffron terror.”

These antics do not help soothe the Islam-inspired appetency for blood. It will only serve to divert attention in the long run.

Hindus make up the majority in India, so stirring up fears of majoritarianism is easy. But Hindus have always welcomed one and all to their homeland, which has proven pernicious to their very existence. It is not majoritarianism or Hindu revivalism that the media and academia in India should be worried about. They should immediately take stock of the very real and looming threat of Islamic fundamentalism.

Little or no attention is paid to the ongoing Islamist violence against Hindus. The trend in narrative was set by watering down Islamic invasions as mere political instruments to obtain power. Nothing is said about Islam’s inveterate hatred for anything Muhammad did not approve of.

So, while the silly opposition to International Yoga Day made headlines, the brutal attack on an Indian man by a Muslim mob in Qatar for posting anti-Islam comments on his Facebook page, barely received the usual media frenzied indignation. The mainstream media also did not show much concern when a Hindu nursing lecturer was mercilessly hacked to death in Bangladesh in broad daylight for not wearing a hijab.

The lack of enthusiastic coverage is not restricted to only sporadic events, but in large scale riots, where Hindus are clearly the victims, the media voluntarily ties its tongue in knots. So if the media’s imbalanced reportage is to be corrected, would the root cause of Islamism stand exposed? In many respects, yes it certainly would.

The media’s influence in molding public opinion should never be underestimated. Mass media provides ready to apply opinions/concepts. This leads many people to swallow hook, line, and sinker what is being dished out. So, when headlines are dripping with anti-Hindu venom, it is what the public is absorbing. Fortunately, from observations, this poison is limited to the English language media.

Nevertheless, it would really be a long term benefit if the pro-Hindu fledgling alternative media outlets were to be bolstered by committed and ardent benefactors and authors. Supporting such outlets will aid in disseminating the salient analysis set forth by thinkers of considerable repute. This may one day open the door to a permanent solution to the problem of Islamism.

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Adity Sharma is a student at St. John’s University School of Law in New York. She has previously written for Vijayvaani, Chakranews, and Beliefnet.
  • cool

    The terrorists are not poor
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  • Amak4u

    Bravo. The only hope for Hindus right now is Modi. May God bless him and give him eternal success. May he live for 100 years and more as leader of India. May there be many more Modis, even better than him, to replace him.

  • Dr. MS

    Interesting. How come one does not see a discussion on this in the Western media?

    Also, as someone asked, how come nobody coined the term Hinduphobia? This includes Muslims, Christians, Atheists. Communists, etc. making fun of Hindus who wear bindhi, saree, do certain rituals, etc. and then organizing discrimination against Hindus.

    Hinduphobia….Is this real, and who is practicing it?

  • Compound it with another python called Christianity. Both these delinquent Abrahamic children have made this world full of hate, violence, arrogance and the crimes of all variety you name, a scene on this earth. Both are fighting tooth n nail for their idiotic game of superiority and conversions. Both are doomed to perish. Point is, “When”? Perhaps their crimes shall determine their fate. Let it be subjected to the law of nature that forgive none.

  • Sundara Rajan Gopalakrishnan

    Thats excellent. Whats important to observe is that Islam is never a religion, it is a cycle of madness started by a mad man and the madness has got no end except in its destruction. The sooner world understands, the better. No muslim remains human after he/she becomes 3 yrs of age. Cause, the Hadis says, Between 3 to 7 a child is to be led to namaz, from 7 to 12 beating a child for refusal to do namaz is permitted and after 12 it is not a sin to kill a child if he refuses to do namaz, because he is no more a Muslim. That way, every muslim born as a human child is brainwashed right from the beginning, a brainwash which becomes irreversible, because it starts from the formative years of age. And then there is always the genetic code. The characters inculcated in a set of person throughout generations after generations, becomes a genetic code and by way of evolution, some characters become etched by birth which cannot be changed. Therefore if there is someone who is Muslim since three or more generations, we can safely conclude that he/she is a pure animal and not a human at all.

  • Amadeus

    Great article. Please share it with friends.

    In India, Communist/Marxist historians from Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Muslim historians from Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia often parrot the same line in a convoluted manner.
    For example,
    1. They don’t use the term Muslim invasions to refer to repeated incursions by Ghazvavi, Ghori and their ilk.
    2.The destruction of Hindu/Jain temples by Muslim invaders is explained by citing “economic” reasons, instead of the inherent iconoclastic approach of Islam.
    3.The use of Sharia, even under the so-called liberal ruler Akbar, is explained as a political tool to keep the Ulema happy.
    4. Indian history textbooks never mention that the Muslim participation in anti-British struggle (early 20th century) had more to do with their support for the Ottoman Empire–the so called leader of Muslims (which the Indian Muslims thought was being treated harshly).
    There are plenty of similar gems in our history that denigrate Indian culture, ostensibly under the influence of the spirit the article refers to.

  • Jishnu

    “Fortunately, from observations, this poison is limited to the English language media.”

    Unfortunately, this poison pervades the whole of academia. Media is only an icing on the cake.