LONDON: Muslims are the second “least-loved” community within the UK, based totally on a current look that finds the gorgeous extent of Islamophobia within the country.
The look, by researchers on the University of Birmingham, chanced on that roughly one in four Britons preserve negative views of Muslims and Islam — the very best of any community other than gypsies and Irish travelers.
Over a quarter of folks — 25.9 p.c — in fact feel negatively toward Muslims, and gorgeous under 10 p.c in fact feel “very negative.”
Vastly extra Britons preserve negative views of Islam within the see of 1,667 folks than they devise of different religions.
That interprets into noteworthy increased enhance for a hypothetical policy that bars all Muslim migration to Britain.
Almost one in five folks — 18.1 p.c — enhance banning all Muslim migration to the UK, and 9.5 p.c “strongly enhance” that conception.
The look chanced on that Britons are very absorbing to hurry judgment on Islam, nonetheless are extraordinarily unlikely to enjoy any actual data of the faith.
“British folks acknowledge their lack of knowledge of most non-Christian religions, with a majority stating they are ‘no longer optimistic’ how Jewish (50.8 p.c) and Sikh (62.7 p.c) scriptures are taught,” stated the look.
“Within the case of Islam, nonetheless, folks in fact feel extra assured making a judgment, with easiest 40.7 p.c being doubtful. Right here is despite the fact that folk are noteworthy extra at likelihood of create the low assumption that Islam is ‘entirely’ literalistic.”
This discovering — that Britons know less about Islam nonetheless are extra absorbing to hurry judgment on the faith — “says something about how prejudice works,” Dr. Stephen Jones, author of the look and a researcher specializing in British Muslims, informed Arab Files.
“We are inclined to companion prejudice with lack of knowledge, nonetheless that’s too straightforward. As a substitute, prejudice is a form of miseducation: Many folk in this country roar they know what Islam is set, and what Muslims roar, in a advance that they admit they don’t for other non-Christian religions.”
Islamophobia is so in vogue in Britain, Jones stated, that it has turn into socially acceptable. Due to this the sage dubs it “the dinner table prejudice” — because folks will openly and freely admit to their anti-Muslim prejudice, in a advance that they’re unlikely to with other non secular or ethnic groups.
Jones stated: “What I roar surveys esteem this into public attitudes checklist us is that no longer easiest create Muslims undergo discrimination, nonetheless that public hostility toward Muslims is on some level publicly authorized. It’s no longer gorgeous that Muslims undergo from Islamophobia, nonetheless that this discrimination isn’t publicly known.”
The evaluate makes a series of policy solutions to handle the prevalence of Islamophobia within the UK, alongside with acknowledging that “systemic miseducation about Islam is general in British society and forms a a must enjoy ingredient of Islamophobia.”
It added: “Authorities and other public figures can enjoy to publicly acknowledge and take care of the dearth of public criticism that Islamophobic discourses and practices trigger.”
The sage lands at a fine time for the ruling Conservative Salvage collectively, with former Cabinet Minister Nusrat Ghani asserting that she used to be eliminated from her space because her “Muslimness” made her colleagues unhappy.
High Minister Boris Johnson has ordered an inquiry into her elimination, nonetheless he has himself beforehand confronted accusations of Islamophobia, alongside with by comparing women who build on the niqab to “letterboxes.”
Shaista Aziz, an anti-racism and equalities campaigner, informed Arab Files: “Islamophobia is anti-Muslim racism and it has deep-seated and ancient roots within the UK. Yet Islamophobia continues to be denied as a invent of racism by many across all spheres of society, alongside with in politics, the media and academia.”
She added: “This sage affords further nuanced proof of how pernicious and mainstream Islamophobia is, and the blueprint in which those in vitality are refusing to evaluate this racism.
“Islamophobia stays one of basically the most acceptable kinds of racism, and one which overwhelmingly stays lost sight of, denied and unchallenged.”