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Anti-Islam Trumps Islam in the West

Anti-Islamic sentiments in the West are increasing, probably at a faster rate than Islamic practices.

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Originally published at Daniel Pipes.

As non-Muslims come to understand the Islamist challenge, anti-Islamic sentiments in the West are increasing, probably at a faster rate than Islamic practices. As anti-Islam trumps Islam, (I have concluded) opinions “will grow yet more hostile to Islamism over time. In this way, Islamist aggression assures that anti-Islamism in the West is winning its race with Islamism.”

Correct prediction? To keep track, this entry documents the course of Western public opinion on a bundle of topics connected to Islam, including democracy, immigration, jihad, Shari’a, and women. To start with, two polls:

Germany, as reported by the Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach in November 2012:

  • 56 percent: striving for political influence
  • 60 percent: revenge and retaliation
  • 64 percent: violence
  • 68 percent: intolerance toward other faiths
  • 70 percent: fanaticism and radicalism
  • 83 percent: discrimination against women

In contrast, only 7 percent of Germans associate Islam with openness, tolerance, or respect for human rights.

France, mostly from early 2013:

Australia, from the Roy Morgan Research Ltd in October 2013 and reported today:

  • 38 percent: a growing Islamic population and Islamic immigration are bad for Australia
  • 44 percent: strong, clear link between Islam and terrorism
  • 50 per cent want the Shari’a banned
  • 53 percent: ban the burqa from public spaces
  • 57 percent: Concerned about Islam in the world today
  • 70 percent: Australia is not becoming a better place because of Islam.

Comment: Negativity toward Islam is much less pronounced in Australia than France and Germany. Will it stay low or increase over time? I expect the latter. (November 24, 2013)

Daniel Pipes

About the Author: Daniel Pipes is a world-renowned Middle East and Islam expert. He is President of the Middle East Forum. His articles appear in many newspapers. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and other institutions. His website is DanielPipes.org.


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