Christchurch attack shows extent of Islamophobia's grip

Amid a global tide of rising Islamophobia, our correspondents look at the situation in Europe, America, Australia and Singapore, and what is being done to counter it.

Two people look at tributes left at the Linwood Islamic Centre which remains closed despite the reopening of city's Al Noor mosque, in Christchurch, on March 23, 2019.
Two people look at tributes left at the Linwood Islamic Centre which remains closed despite the reopening of city's Al Noor mosque, in Christchurch, on March 23, 2019.PHOTO: AFP

The attacks that left 50 dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, represent the most recent example of an overall hardening of attitude towards Muslims, fanned by social media and emboldened by white supremacists.

Muslims are increasingly singled out for harassment, persecution and assault by a jittery majority worried about losing influence.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 24, 2019, with the headline 'Christchurch attack shows extent of Islamophobia's grip'. Subscribe