Imaginary racism. Islamophobia and guilt

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Imaginary racism. Islamophobia and guilt
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15 nov. 2018
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Bruckner, Pascal
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‘Islamophobia’ is a term that has existed since the nineteenth century. But in recent decades, argues Pascal Bruckner in his controversial new book, it has become a weapon used to silence criticism of Islam. The term allows those who brandish it in the name of Islam to ‘freeze’ the latter, making reform difficult. Whereas Christianity and Judaism have been rejuvenated over the centuries by external criticism, Islam has been shielded from critical examination and has remained impervious to change. This tendency is exacerbated by the hypocrisy of those Western defenders of Islam who, in the name of the principles of the Enlightenment, seek to muzzle its critics while at the same time demanding the right to chastise and criticize other religions. These developments, argues Bruckner, are counter-productive for Western democracies as they struggle with the twin challenges of immigration and terrorism. The return of religion in those democracies must not be equated with the defence of fanaticism, and the right to religious freedom must go hand in hand with freedom of expression, an openness to criticism, and a rejection of all forms of extremism.

There are already more than enough forms of racism; there is no need to imagine more. While all violence directed against Muslims is to be strongly condemned and punished, defining these acts as ‘Islamophobic’ rather than criminal does more to damage Islam and weaken the position of Muslims than to strengthen them.

A Note on the Text
Introduction: A Semantic Revolution

Part I
The Fabrication of a Crime of Opinion
1. The Disappearance of Race, the Proliferation of Racists
2. A Weapon of Mass Intimidation
3. The Miracle of Transubstantiation

Part II
The Left Suffering from Denial
4. Islamo-Leftism, or the Conjunction of Resentments
5. An Unnatural Marriage
6. The Victim's Guilt, the Murderer's Innocence

Part III
Are Muslims the Equivalent of Jews?
7. From the Principle of Equivalence to the Principle of Substitution
8. Exterminations Galore
9. The Jew, An Accursed White
10. A Semantic Racket

Part IV
Are We Guilty of Existing?
11. The Criminalization of Reticence
12. Minorities, Protection or Prison?
13. The Racism of the Anti-Racists
14. Should the West be De-Colonized?

Part V
What is God's Future?
15. Is the War on Terror a Sham?
16. Resistance or Penitence
17. Western Values are not Negotiable
18. Weary of God
19. The Grandeur and the Tragedy of Tolerance
Epilogue: On History as a Warning

Pascal Bruckner is the best-selling author of many books including The Tyranny of Guilt, Perpetual Euphoria and The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse.

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