‘Islamophobia’ Invention Has Served Its Purpose Spectacularly Well
“Islamophobia” is an idea recently invented and defused by advocates and apologists to silence criticism of Islam.
The term “phobia” indicates an irrational fear, which is how users of the term hope criticism of Islam will be understood.
Criticism of Islam, of Allah, of Mohammed, or of the Koran is forbidden by Sharia law; violators (or even those unjustly accused) are subject per Sharia law to summary execution.
Defenders of Islam have tried to avoid criticism by presenting themselves as unjust victims of persecution and by using moral suasion through the concept of Islamophobia.
Islamophobia has become a standard topic in Middle East Studies and Islamic Studies courses, often presented in conferences and publications as a great threat to the well-being of Muslims in North America.
Some Middle East and Islamic Studies professors appear to believe it is their job to present Islam in the best possible light.
Most of the West’s most prominent political leaders announce that Islam is a religion of peace, even as they contemplate going to war against jihadis.
They claim that the Islamic State “has nothing to do with Islam,” even as the Islamic State justifies its policies and actions with detailed references to Islam’s foundational texts.
The Islamic State has distinguished models to follow: Did not Mohammed spur the military thrusts of the great Arab Muslim Empire, which soon conquered land between India and Iberia for Allah? Does not the Koran divide the world into the Dar al-Islam, the land of peace, and the Dar al-harb, the land of infidels and war?
BY PHILIP CARL SALZMAN 1/15/2019