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Anti-Muslim Hatred in Italy: A Glocal Issue

The rise of far-right parties in Europe and harsh propaganda against immigrants and Muslims are primary sources for the development of anti-Islam stances and anti-Muslim hatred among the population. The lack of acknowledgment of Islam and Muslims by the Italian state allows its citizens to conceive an exclusionary populist discourse and a shared negative view that impedes the enforcement of the right to religious freedom. To go local may result as an attractive, though obliged, alternative, and the municipality, as the representative of the institution closest to citizenship, may then affirm its leadership role in ensuring social cohesion and the protection of the human rights of all its citizens, so that European democratic pluralism is translated into effective access to and enjoyment of fundamental rights.

Anti-Muslim Hatred in Italy A Glocal Issue
Matteo Salvini (L) leaves the courts after the first hearing of the trial in which he is charged with aggravated kidnapping while he was Italian Interior Minister in 2019.ANTONIO BALASCO / KONTROLAB / LightRocket via Getty Images
 

 

 

 

The Post-2015 Ideological Shift in Europe

 

Within a wide debate1 that alternatively ignores, narrows or extends the etymological significance of the term Islamophobia,2 the choice of the term anti-Muslim hatred is to be intended in the way suggested by Matthew Feldman’s definition:

Anti-Muslim hatred is motivated by hostility or bias towards people perceived to be Muslim. Manifestations take the form of online and offline attacks upon an individual or their property, which the victim perceives to be driven by hostility or prejudice toward their Muslim identity.

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