The following articles, drawn from prominent publications and journals, tackle the issue of Islamaphobia as well as the psychological of discrimination.
This article explores how epistemic racism shapes contemporary discussions on Islamophobia. The first part is a discussion about epistemic racism in the world-system. The second part is on the Western male hegemonic identity politics and the fundamentalist responses to it. The third part is on epistemic Islamophobia and the social sciences.
Hussein Rashid’s article question’s the idea of what “Islam” has come to mean in American discussions of the religion. Rashid seeks to stress that it is a religion composed of individual human beings.
Elizabeth Colbert’s article in The New Yorker examines numerous scientific studies that have demonstrated that there can be a psychological root to confirmation bias. This trend can make the act of providing people with accurate information a Sisyphean task as they may continue to simply discount it.
Ramon Grosfoguel’s multifaceted essay discusses Islamaphobia from numerous perspectives, firstly by addressing Islamaphobia as a form of racism in world history; secondly by examining Islamaphobia as a form of cultural racism; thirdly seeing Islamaphobia as Orientalism; Fourthly regarding Islamaphobia as epistemic racism.
Jennifer Yang’s article in The Star investigates Ayman Elkasrawy’s controversial prayers which sparked outrage and condemnation from many, including members of his own faith. In the aftermath, he reached out to the Jewish community to educate himself and learn from his mistakes. Still, a key question remained unanswered: did he really say what he was accused of saying?