Islamophobia in Canada

Essay by LebchicaUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, November 2008

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Canada has a reputation of being one of the most multicultural countries in the world and unlike the United States, which is a melting pot for cultures; Canada embraces people’s backgrounds and ethnicities. However, that idea has become a very arguable and debatable issue. Although not many people want to admit to it, there is a lot of racism and oppression that go on in Canadian society today. Many people of visible minorities and people who are new immigrants live their lives facing racism and culture bashing everyday. Even though Canada has a reputation of welcoming people of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds into the country, there is a lot that goes on that is not known or reported and is covered up. However it is one thing to face racism from individuals on the street and another thing to face it from the system that you thought would grant you a better standard of living.

Unfortunately, individual and systemic racism and oppression happen everyday in our society and many find reasons and ways to justify it. One group of people that faces a lot of racism and discrimination are Muslims. Since the 1980s Muslims have been portrayed in society and by the media as terrorists and extremists. This essay will look at the definition of Islamophobia, the representation of Muslim women in Canada, and the case of Maher Arar and its affects on Muslims in Canada.

Islam is one of the largest religions in the world today. Muslims are spread in countries all over the world and have huge religious bases in many regions. Although many may think that Muslims only come from the Arab world, there are actually Muslims that come from Africa, and Eastern and Southern Asia. Due to modern day immigration, Muslims have established communities in...