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Creeping Islamification?

Debunking the 'Islamisation' Myth

 

"Islam has invaded our culture", "Muslims are on the verge of taking over Britain and creating an Islamic State". "‘Islamisation’ surrounds us", "creeping Sharia is upon us". For many people today, such notions form an integral part of their world-view, but are they grounded in reality?

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"I am an atheist, a secularist, and an anti-fascist. I have no interest in defending Islamic religious beliefs, nor the Qur’an (quite the opposite, in fact). I also have no time for those who seek to ‘understand’ Islamism or downplay the abhorrent nature of religious fascism. That said, I am also committed to a rational and just approach to my fellow human beings, seeking to treat them in the same way, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and so on. To think Islam as a set of beliefs is false and potentially dangerous is not the same thing at all as thinking that all Muslims are inherently dangerous or that I should view them as qualitatively different to other human beings.

In the post-9/11 West, we have seen the worrying growth of a paranoid, bigoted approach to Muslims which increasingly views them as an undifferentiated mass, as an inherent Other, and as a powerful fifth column conspiring to destroy the West and enslave it to Sharia law. This approach to Muslims shares much in common with the approach to Jews found amongst those who believe the Protocols of Zion is an authentic document, and the ‘Islamisation’ myth is increasingly looking like a Muslim-themed variant of Protocols belief.

In Britain, militant anti-Muslim bigotry has now reared its head in the form of the English Defence League, an organisation founded with the explicit aim of combating ‘Islamisation’. The EDL is an organisation that has been set up to fight a mythical enemy and, in failing to find this enemy, it seems inevitable that the next phase of the campaign will be to target Muslims as a whole, and there are strong indications that this is already happening. The ‘Islamisation’ myth, then, urgently needs debunking, and this report is my contribution to that effort.

In this text, I shall seek to counter the arguments of the proponents of the notion of ‘Islamisation’ by comparing these messages of doom with the reality of the situation in Britain today. The ‘Islamisation’ myth is a myth precisely because it is simply isn’t based on credible evidence. The idea that Britain is being ‘Islamised’ is the latest in a long line of Western narratives of cultural decline. It is a dangerous myth for reasons I shall outline below, and a myth that must be repudiated if we are to develop as a nation and articulate a positive vision for the future."

Edmund Standing

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