Chase F. Robinson, a historian on Islam, author of “Islamic Civilisation in Thirty Lives,” and president of the CUNY Graduate Center, explains how the anti-Islam rhetoric of the Trump administration fuels radical terrorists.
Donald Trump (Mar. 9, 2016): “I think Islam hates us.”
Much to the regret of many of us, we find ourself in a political moment in which antipathy, perhaps even hatred, of Islam is receiving some official endorsement. Then-candidate Trump said that “Islam hates us.”
It’s hard to know exactly what Steve Bannon thinks, but if we infer from what we do know, he appears to think that the West is involved in an existential struggle with the Islamic world.
I think this is not just deplorable in the sense that it underestimates the extraordinary diversity of the Islamic world, but it also undermines the very policies that are meant to ensure greater degrees of security and safety for Americans.
So a good example would be the ban, the so-called ban, I don’t know of a single expert in Middle Eastern studies or Middle Eastern politics who thinks that the rhetoric that is so hostile to Islam, or the ban which is so easily understood as an expression to that hostility, that that will do anything other than feed the imaginations of Muslims who are inclined in this direction in the Middle East to think even less of the United States, to think even less of Western Europe, and in other words, to radicalize their thinking even greater.
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