Islamophobia and the new clash of civilisations

It is now getting on for 20 years since the attacks on New York and Washington on Sept 11, 2001, and the idea that international politics should be organised around a "war on terror" is no longer fashionable. But suspicion and hatred of the Muslim world, inflamed by 9/11, have not faded with the passage of time.

On the contrary, Islamophobia, as it is often called, is now a central part of politics in most of the world's major power centres - from the US and the European Union, to China and India.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Islamophobia and the new clash of civilisations'. Print Edition | Subscribe