“Islam needs Islamophobia right now”


I share this piece about the recent mob murder of journalism student Mashal Khan at a university in Pakistan. There’ve been many other reports on this over the past few days. How far are we from seeing such actions at Western universities, one has to wonder. I also share this to help the growing coming-out of ex-Muslims and the publicising of their views. It is well past time that this constituency gets the airtime it deserves.

If this triggers a debate amongst readers, all the better. For the next two weeks, though, I shall be too snowed under to contribute myself, and will call in only to moderate.

Update: 25 April 2017

This debate amongst Muslims, out in the open, is long overdue. Here is a contribution from Ambreen Zaidi. Will the Islamic apologists try to rubbish this, too?

Comments

  1. Saad says

    Muslims in Pakistan (and other Muslim societies) need Islamophobia*.

    Muslims in the UK, America, Canada, etc do not need Islamophobia.

    You really need to work on not treating the two societies as if they’re the same. I would think an ex-Muslim would have a clear grasp on such a basic concept.

    * Well, it wouldn’t be Islamophobia at all then.That would be like saying “racism against white people” in America. Islamophobia requires Muslims being a marginalized minority in a particular society.

    • says

      Muslims in Pakistan (and other Muslim societies) need Islamophobia

      The OP title (quoting someone else) is actually “Islam needs Islamophobia right now.” You really need to work on not treating the two concepts as if they’re the same.

      That would be like saying “racism against white people” in America.

      Let’s talk about racism against white people some time. It’s a discussion that’s long overdue.

      Islamophobia requires Muslims being a marginalized minority in a particular society.

      I wasn’t aware that the definition “Islamophobia” had this qualification built in. Your logic also makes it hard to see how Apartheid could have been racism, since that would’ve required blacks to have been a marginalised minority in South Africa.

      BTW. I’m repeating your words “You really need to work on” by way of showing how gratuitous such a remark is. If we’re going to have a serious discussion (and these are serious topics), let’s not start this way, for we’ll quickly degenerate into a waste of everybody’s time.

  2. polishsalami says

    It seems the argument put forth by Saad is that because Muslims are a minority in “Western” nations, the default assumption is that they automatically belong to a “persecuted” class. Those who make this claim never seem to provide any evidence for this. Anyone?

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