What Are The Three Main Factors That Contribute To Islamophobia?
Islamophobia has become a coined term within our western society. It is one that perpetuates negative Islamic sentiments, prejudices towards people of middle eastern decent, and a sense of growing animosity towards Muslim Americans—regardless of citizenship, whether natural born or naturalized in the United States. Osman Bakar , in his article, Post -9/11 Islamophobia And The Future Of American Islam, identifies three main factors that contribute to Islamophobia in the United States: “1] the persisting phenomenon of terrorism committed by some Muslim individuals or fringe groups in the name of Islam;  the persisting anti-Islamic sentiments and phobia displayed by the preachers of hate including Christian extremists;  the negative portrayals of Islam and quite often the anti-Islam and anti-Muslim outbursts by popular talk show hosts and political commentators in both TV and radio channels.” These sentiments behave as kindling towards the shaping of Islamophobia within the American Imagination. Islamophobia goes beyond the mere rhetoric of American ignorance regarding the perception of