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What is Islamophobia?

In this step, Dr Michael Munnik defines Islamophobia.

In this step, Dr Michael Munnik defines Islamophobia.

Dr Munnik is a Senior Lecturer at The Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University.

You have already been introduced to Islamophobia as religious discrimination against Muslims in earlier activities. Islamophobia can be a risk factor for mental health problems when it is experienced in society. It can also be a barrier to seeking mental health support, if Muslims feel they might experience, or have previously experienced, Islamophobia in the spaces where mental health support is provided.

Islamophobia, like all forms of racial and cultural discrimination, is a sensitive topic and it can be difficult to talk about – both for those who have experienced Islamophobia, and for those who choose to reflect upon and question whether they hold negative stereotypes and assumptions about Muslims.

So, we begin this activity with Dr Munnik’s careful and balanced definition of Islamophobia and an outline of the debates around how the term is defined.

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