In the aftermath of widespread protests throughout the world stemming from an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States, VOA’s Jerome Socolovsky investigates the origins of Islamophobia in the U.S. Experts say U.S. Islamophobia comes from a well-financed group which has been cultivating these sentiments since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Jocelyne Cesari from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies adds that Islamophobia is a European invention, and that the currently-circulating imagery surrounding the prophet Muhammad dates back to the Middle Ages.
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