Shai Lavi, Lena Salaymeh

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This chapter explores secularism as a link between two modern forms of prejudice: judeophobia and islamophobia. Secularism is not a neutral ideology because its historical beginnings in the European Enlightenment molded its formulation of “religion.” As a post-Christian ideology, secularism did not adopt an impartial view of Judaism or Islam. Instead, secularism, and particularly secular law, stigmatizes both Jews and Muslims by stereotyping them as threats within the public sphere and violent threats to the secular state. This chapter illustrates how secularism propagates judeophobia and islamophobia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKey Concepts in the Study of Antisemitism
EditorsSol Goldberg, Scott Ury, Kalman Weiser
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030516574
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NamePalgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism
PublisherSpringer International Publishing


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