Tuesday, January 31, 2023

‘Junk idea of Islamophobia’ says adviser to Conservative racism inquiry

Wasiq Wasiq, advising lead investigator Swaran Singh, has questioned whether Muslims can be considered victims of racism because of their religion

The Conservative Party’s investigation into Islamophobia and other forms of prejudice within the party has recruited an adviser who has called for the idea of Islamophobia to be “junked”, Middle East Eye can reveal.

Wasiq Wasiq, a PhD student at King’s College London, is part of a three-person panel headed by Swaran Singh, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Warwick who was appointed to lead the inquiry in December 2019.

In a column published by the Spiked website under the headline “We need to junk the idea of ‘Islamophobia’”, Wasiq wrote that the term was “an attempt to create a modern-day blasphemy law” and questioned whether Muslims should be considered victims of racism because of their religion.

In another article for Spiked, Wasiq defended Boris Johnson’s Conservative government from accusations of Islamophobia.

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