Out of Context (Part 9) – Does Racism Drive Islamophobia?
In Part 9 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. There is certainly an element of bigotry and racism, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman, because you'll find that the same people who are Islamophobic are also anti-Semitic. Within Islam, which is very monolithic, the majority follow the Sunni tradition while the remaining 10 percent belong to many different sects. The sectarianism we see today in countries like Iraq is a product of political turmoil. Before the war, Sunni and Shia intermarried for instance, despite their clear theological differences.