The Importance Of Prejudice Against Muslims In Europe

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The Prejudices Against Muslims in Europe
Rifat Serin

One of the continuities in European History is prejudice against Islam and Muslims. This continuity has come from the idea of Europe. According to idea of Europe, the two of the enemies of the Europeans are the Ottomans and Islam. In this manner, the idea of Europe supported crusades attacks against Muslims in the past, and the concept of jihad appeared in the side of Muslims against non-Muslims. Of course, some of Muslims interpreted on jihad very aggressively that they aimed to kill non-Muslims, but most of Muslims did not have any aim like that. Today, Islamic terrorism has the concept of jihad against non-Muslims. Because of this, the Europeans have been afraid of jihad and its outcomes.
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Today, a number of Muslims have lived in Europe since they were immigrated to the European countries from their homelands. Houssain Kettani states that Muslim population enlarged in Europe, and an increase up to “6% by 2020” is expected. Mark Brown states that this growing Muslim population would get some rights through by being born in the European countries. This means Muslims born in Europe should be considered Europeans, but they are not considered by the Europeans. Muslims in Europe are only considered that they have hold their rights in Europe. The understanding that the Europeans do not accept Muslims as real Europeans is directly related to prejudice against Muslims. Alec G. Hargreaves’s survey proved that most of the French people declared that they were afraid of being terrorized by Muslims. Was this fear proved with a terrorist attack the end of the last year? Most of people in the world thought like that this attack in French has proved that all Muslims are potentially dangerous to Christian society. But, it has been a wrong proposal and moreover, it is a prejudice because most of Muslims intend to live peacefully in the world. People needs to distinguish Islamic terrorism from Islam. Of course, the Islamic terrorism have harmed humanity since it emerged. …show more content…
Both Muslims and non-Muslims should try to understand each other, Western countries should not appropriate the Islamic terrorism for all of Muslims in the world, and Muslims and non-Muslims should accept their values and customs to have a peaceful world against Islamic terrorism and/or other terror activities. In addition to this, if governments and mass media teach people how to distinguish the Islamic terrorism from Islam and Muslims who have to intend to live peacefully in the world, it would be more humanistic because most of innocent Muslims would get rid of paying the Islamic terrorism’s sins and bad

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