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Is Islamophobia a myth?

Last month, Kenan Malik claimed that the Muslim Council of Britain and other groups were overplaying the extent of anti-Islamic feeling in Britain and inflating statistics to suit their own agenda. Here, the MCB and another Islamic group respond to Malik's charges.

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Click here to read Kenan Malik’s article from the February issue of Prospect

From the MCB 28th January 2005 Kenan Malik (Islamophobia Myth, Issue 107) surreptitiously redefines Islamophobia to mean violent and overt hostility towards Muslims on our streets by racists and the police.

But this conception of Islamophobia is at odds with virtually every source cited in his article. Ever since the term “Islamophobia” entered mainstream discourse following the Runnymede Trust’s 1997 report on Islamophobia in 1997, it has been understood to entail a fear of and prejudice against Muslims. Such prejudice may manifest…

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