Thursday, 20 October 2016

DHA| Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation

DHA| Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation

Turkey’s Doğan Group held a panel in Washington on Oct. 20 in a bid to globally fight against the fallacies and prejudices directed toward Islam.

The panel titled “Islamophobia: Overcoming Myths and Engaging in a Better Conversation” was organized in cooperation with the U.S.-based Atlantic Council think tank and the Smithsonian Institution. Hürriyet Chairwoman Vuslat Doğan Sabancı delivered the opening speech of the panel, which will be moderated by the president and CEO of the Atlantic Council, Frederick Kempe.

“Islamophobia is a phobia, which is a fear of the unknown. If we put it so simply then the answer is very simple. Let’s get rid of the phobia. Let’s get to know each other” Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said.

“We can introduce a new language in journalism where we can ask question so that the other side is heard” she said. "Freedom of speech should not be exercised at expense of attacking one's dignity, faith."

The panel also featured author and comparative religion commentator Karen Armstrong; former Turkish State Minister Mehmet Aydın; the dean of the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, Vali Nasr, and renowned human rights activist Zainab Salbi.

Karen Armstrong: Islamophobia is an irrational fear, it is not based on reason

Karen Armstorng said, "We have cheered when the Wall of Berlin torned down and now we are cheering because new walls are erecting, something has shifted. Islamophobia is an irrational fear, it is not based on reason, it is based on a gut feeling."

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