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  1. Mike Harreld
    Mike Harreld January 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm |

    Another consideration is the fact that people from Islam nation-states tend to be actively prejudiced against by Western Europe and the EU. Often living in ghettos, denied access to high paying jobs, objectified for their dress and customs, and just portrayed as violent individuals. Perhaps it isn’t religion that is the problem but the active discrimination and poverty that is. On top of this, we must consider the fact that Europe and America have dragged many middle eastern societies through the mud time and time again. Just from a direct violence perspective you have colonialism, WWI, WWII, the cold war, and the numerous conflicts waged by America (and supported by Europe).

    I would say I’m surprised that no academic out of ‘Europe’ has brought these points to the fore, but considering the impacts of the EU and preferences put forward by that institution, it doesn’t surprise me at all. The academia of institutions embedded within EU territory have been rendered mostly uncritical towards the EU and ‘Europe,’ with few raising important systemic questions or having nothing to say but praise for the EU and the project of Europe. Suggesting that these systems might be resulting in increased incidence of violence among minorities, especially with a ready scape goat (Islam) might be tantamount to career suicide.

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