“Islamophobia”: “Our continent has suicidally bowed to the madmen of God”

“Islamophobia” is a very topical battle term. It is often and reflexively used to outlaw criticism of acts of violence in the name of Islam, of the oppression of women, homosexuals, ethnic minorities and other religions in Islamic cultures. For years, the French writer and essayist Pascal Bruckner has been opposed to the fashionable term, which he believes is used politically to protect an anti-democratic and violent ideology. In his treatise “Imagined Racism – Islamophobia and Guilt” (Edition Tiamat, 240 pp., 24 €) the Parisian intellectual explores the historical reasons for the worldwide success of the homicide argument.

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