Qur’anophobia: The Core Truth of Islamophobia

“Islamophobia” denotes prejudice against, hatred towards, and fear of Islam and Muslims. But because only the Qur’an unequivocally and uncontroversially defines Islam, those who promote Islamophobia have made the Qur’an the main target of their Islamophobic discourse. To achieve its goals, Islamophobia has had to take the form “Qur’anophobia.” The articulation of the concept of “Qur’anophobia” and the use of this term are critical for understanding and addressing the negative feelings and attitudes towards Islam that are called “Islamophobia.”

Reasons For Misinterpreting the Qur’an

Like any scripture, and indeed any text, the Qur’an is open to different interpretations. Some interpretations are plausible, others are possible but unlikely, and many more are impossible so they can only be forced on the text. In order to avoid and counter false interpretations of Qur’anic verses, we need to identify the various reasons for misinterpreting the Qur’anic text and how to deal with each.