Islamophobia in the United Kingdom

Islamophobia in the United Kingdom defines Islam as being "monolithic, separate, and Other; without any common values with other cultures; and essentially barbaric and sexist".[1] Muslims are therefore seen as being fundamentally uncivilized and unwilling to conform to the values of the UK.[1]



In June 2004, prior to the 7/7 attacks on the London Underground, the Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia, warned that increased attacks against individuals and mosques, was resulting in bitterness that created violent "time-bombs".[2]

David Cameron, leader of the opposition in the UK, stated that Islamist extremist terrorism have to be countered at all costs.[3] He also said that "The driving force behind today's terrorist threat is Islamic fundamentalism. The struggle [...] is at roots ideological". He also said that "During the last century a strain of Islamist thinking has developed [...] such as Nazis and Communism, offers its form of redemption through violence."


There has also been a climate of patronization of Muslims.

But they had now been trained to be killers. They had discovered jihad. And the radical ideology they brought with them found many echoes in the Islamism and seething resentments that, by now, were entrenched in British Muslim institutions.

Philips, The Observer, May 28, 2006.

The statements suggests that the West must force the Middle East to democracy and must free those who wear hijab even if it involves closing the doors of schools to them, in the East as well as in the West.

Since the 9/11 attacks, Islamophobia has gained momentum of its own, creating a clash between Muslims and non-Muslims in the UK. The Otherization and the Orient has contributed to an inevitable "clash of civilization" and has apparently been concreted.[4]

See also


  1. 1 2 Religion and politics of Peace and Conflict. p. 205.
  2. "Islamophobia pervades UK-report". BBC website. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  3. "David Cameron's speech". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. Religion and the Politics of Peace and Conflict. p. 208.
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