Islamophobia and Antisemitism are Different in Their Potential for Globalization

Sharing core norms and values
Posted Nov 21, 2021 | Journal of Religion and Violence , Torkel Brekke

It is widely assumed that Islamophobia and antisemitism are analogous: Both travel easily across national and cultural boundaries and adapt to new contexts. Torkel Brekke suggests in this article for Journal of Religion and Violence that this assumption is incorrect. Islamophobia works well in very different cultural contexts and shows diverse localized expressions. Antisemitism is linked to Christian theology even when expressed in Muslim societies and is not as global a phenomenon as Islamophobia. He explores the cultural conditions for the globalization of antisemitism and Islamophobia. To answer this, he looks at Islamophobia and antisemitism in Chinese and Hindu civilizations and discusses cultural models. Local varieties of Islamophobia seem to interact, converge and occasionally exchange elements due to transnational and global communication.$FILE/06 Brekke.pdf


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