The terrorist attacks last month on two mosques in New Zealand brought to fore the dual dangers of white nationalism and the demonization of Muslims. The mosque massacres in New Zealand do not come out of a vacuum. There’s a broader discourse of white nationalism that’s grown in the era of Trump. And so has anti-Muslim sentiment or Islamophobia. In recent years, these interlinked forces have resulted in attempted or successful mass-casualty attacks on Muslim congregations in Western countries.
But rising anti-Muslim sentiment is not limited to the West. We see it across Asia, including in India, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka. And it has made for odd alliances of conveniences between groups that share an antipathy toward Muslims, including white and Hindu nationalists. It’s a phenomenon perhaps best described as “transnational Islamophobia.”
In this episode, we’ll examine the motivations of the perpetrator of the New Zealand terrorist attacks and explore the commonalities of anti-Muslim discourses across the globe.
- The Islamophobia Network (Center for American Progress)
- Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the West (Gallup)
- Farhad Manjoo, “The White-Extinction Conspiracy Theory is Bonkers,” The New York Times, March 20, 2019.