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Imaginary Islamophobic strawmen: Islamic extremism

Welcome back to conversations with an imaginary Islamophobic strawman, in which I address some of the common underlying assumptions I see arising in how we as Westerns talk about Islam.  I call these strawman arguments because I am essentially claiming … Continue reading

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Casual Islamophobia and Dehumanization

So a couple of weeks ago, I was talking about how Americans’ (particularly white Americans’) misguided definition of ‘terrorism’ and our resistance to calling mass shooters ‘terrorists’ negatively influences our understanding of how global terrorism actually works, in particular that … Continue reading

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Pay no attention to the women behind the veil? (Actually, no, don’t do that.)

So in the on-going saga of Western countries being horrible to women who wear burqas or niqabs, Australia announced that it was going to require anyone wearing “facial coverings” to sit behind a glass partition when viewing Parliamentary procedures. A … Continue reading

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Casual Islamophobia and direct Islamophobia

So I keep trying to write actual content and my brain keeps short circuiting.  So I’m going to try to write something about the relationship between casual Islamophobia and direct Islamophobia as it relates to the Boston bombings and subsequent … Continue reading

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How to write about Muslims

So it turns out my little rant last week about Dawkins and Krauss and ‘How to be an Ally 101’ was a little more relevant than I expected, as this seems to be a big week for ‘really kind of … Continue reading

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