The Globe and Mail: Islamophobia: We need to accept the ‘other'
by The Globe and Mail
1 year ago
Karen Armstrong reflects on the divisions between the Muslim world and the West.
"We now know what can happen when unexamined prejudice is allowed free rein. 9/11 was a terrible crime. But if it has stained the reputation of Islam, Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib have equally tainted the image of the West. Islamophobia is also a violation of essential Western values: tolerance, liberalism and egalitarianism. Founded on fear and ignorance, it also flies in the face of Western rationalism. We have created a global market in which, whether we like it or not, we’re interconnected as never before. If we want a peaceful, stable and sustainable world, we have to learn to live with those we instinctively regard as “other'."
"Islamophobia: We need to accept the ‘other, '" March 26, 2012.