Politics can aggravate Islamophobia, says prominent scholar

Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish scholar based in Washington, says there is a need to protect Muslims from prejudice and injustice and build bridges with non-Muslims. (X pic)

PETALING JAYA: Politics can aggravate Islamophobia and Muslims have a role to play to forestall such hatred from spreading, according to prominent Turkish scholar Mustafa Akyol.

He said politicians fuel Islamophobia when they espouse a “us-versus-them” narrative and inadvertently create among Muslims a hatred or prejudice against non-Muslims. He said he has observed such instances in many parts of the world, including Turkey.