Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Hatem Bazian and the So-Called "Islamophobia Industry"
UC Berkeley professor Hatem Bazian is in the middle of organizing his 7th annual Islamophobia conference to be held at UCB next April. A similar event was held in Paris of all places last December. (What could be more ironic?). Every year, Bazian assembles a group of like-minded academics who try to figure out why there is so much anti-Islamic feeling in the world. In fact, Bazian has created his own entity at UCB-something called the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Center. It sounds impressive, but it only occupies a broom closet cum teacher's office in room 638 in Barrows Hall.
Since Bazian has already issued his Call For Papers, it seems he has submitted his own treatise, if you will, for the conference. It is entitled, "The Islamophobia Industry and the Demonization of Palestine-Implications for American Studies". In reading it, I can only conclude that the thesis is a thinly-disguised assignment of blame on Jews for the rise in Islamophobia. (No, the terrorism, persecution of religious minorities, beheadings, ISIS, etc have nothing to do with Islamophobia.)
First of all, if Islamophobia (a term recently invented by Islamists in trying to equate any criticism of Islam with anti-black racism and other forms of irrational hate) is an industry, then Bazian is the leading industrialist of our time, for it is he who has created the industry.
More importantly, however, let us examine how he assigns blame for the fact that a lot of people in the world are afraid of Muslims, Islam, and the ideology it represents.