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Academics from leading universities have called for addressing “white supremacy” to deal with the rise of Islamophobia in the West.
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), there was a 44 percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crime last year. The figures from the Muslim organization came following American President Donald Trump’s divisive presidential campaign and his recent attempts to ban migration from seven Muslim-majority nations.
Between the start of 2015 and the end of 2016, there had also been a 57 percent increase in incidents of anti-Muslim bias. There were 260 anti-Muslim hate crimes last year, according to CAIR, and 2,213 cases of anti-Muslim bias.
According to Tell MAMA, a U.K.-based group that monitors Islamophobic incidents, there has been a sharp rise in anti-Muslim attacks following the May 2013 murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in southeast London by two radicalized attackers.
Academics like Ebrahim Moosa, a professor of Islamic studies at the University of Notre Dame, told Anadolu Agency that “white supremacy” is at the heart of the problem.
“The world has a white supremacy problem that has to be addressed. It is white ethnographic-nationalism, mixed with strains of extremist, white Christian nationalism in the U.S.A.,” Moosa said via email.
Salman Sayyid, professor of social theory and de-colonial thought at the U.K.’s University of Leeds, said via email: “The neo-cons are main peddlers of Islamophobia and it’s the means by which they shore up white supremacy through the world.
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