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Race and Antiracism in Black British and British Asian Literature$
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Dave Gunning

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846314827

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316258

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Islam and Antiracist Politics

Islam and Antiracist Politics

(p.64) Chapter Two Islam and Antiracist Politics
Race and Antiracism in Black British and British Asian Literature
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In its 1997 report, the Runnymede Trust investigated the prejudice and discrimination suffered by Muslims in Britain and the emergence of the term ‘Islamophobia’. By revealing many incidents of racial violence committed against Muslim Britons, the report identified a range of negative attitudes and opinions towards Muslims and Islam. However, religious discrimination should not be viewed simply as a prejudice linked to but ultimately different from racism. Instead, anti-Muslim sentiments must also be seen as themselves racist and central to any definition of contemporary racism. The connection between Islam and politics becomes more complicated due to the increasing association between political Islam and acts of terrorism.

Keywords:   Muslims, Islam, Britain, Islamophobia, racism, religious discrimination, terrorism, politics, Runnymede Trust, prejudice

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