Sample Book Review Paper on Arabs and Muslims Stereotype

Arabs and Muslim’s Stereotype

A stereotype is a common public belief about a particular individual or group. In most cases, stereotypes are often mistaken with prejudices since like prejudices, stereotypes are mainly based on assumptions. Stereotypes are based on people’s cultures or races. Nearly every race or culture has a stereotype among them the blacks, polish people, Jewish people, and Irish people. For instance, a common stereotype concerning the Arab and Muslim communities is that they are all terrorists. This paper analyzes a stereotype based on the Arabs and Muslim culture.

Most people worldwide, especially in the U.S, European countries, and most African countries stereotype terrorists to Arab descent. However, a common public belief about certain groups becomes a stereotype for a reason. Consider the stereotype based on Arabs and Muslims as terrorists; the greatest terror in the world, which claimed the lives of most people was the September 11 terror attack, which was conducted by Arabs with Osama bin Laden being the ring leader, and Ayman Zahawiri his deputy. In addition, the unlamented and Al Qaeda’s top man in Iraq Abu Musab was also an Arab. The stereotypical representations of Muslims and Arabs are evident in society’s media, theatre, and literature among other creative expressions. It is obvious that most terror attacks, which are currently happening globally are connected to Arabs and Muslim communities. This could be simulated to the fact that their religion stipulates that those people who do not read Koran are not religious and should therefore be eliminated from society and be rewarded with seventy-two virgins. This Koran preaching gives them more reasons to carry out terrorist attacks.

The actual number of Muslims across the globe is debatable. Research indicates that there are over 1.57 billion people across the world and that 23% of the world’s population constitutes Muslims with an annual growth of 2.9%. Furthermore, over 50 countries in the world constitute Muslim majorities. Since there must be some truth in most stereotypes; supposing most terrorists are of Islam descent, then just picture the number of terrorist attacks occurring across the globe, hence the more reason for the stereotype, as most Muslims are involved.

To fully comprehend the reflexivity of Arabs association with terrorism, also consider the arrests in Miami where seven men were allegedly planning to blow up the FBI headquarters and Sears Towers in Chicago. It turned out that these men were Qaeda loyalists who intended to wage a ground war against the U.S to kill many ‘devils’ as possible. However, all of these men were black African-Americans and not of Arab descent. It was found out that they were Al Qaeda-motivated terrorists, who were radicalized by an extremist interpretation of Islam. This was not the first or the last time that the terrorist ideology has infiltrated the black community. Terrorists come in the various color of the radical and ethnic rainbow, and African-Americans are not the only non-Arab Americans to be enlisted and radicalized in the terrorist cause. African countries, such as Kenya are also being recruited into the outrageous group.

Kenya has experienced a series of several attacks, leaving countless deaths attributed to terrorists. The degree of terrorism, however, intensified after the intervention of the Kenyan troops against the terrorists, granting them a slang name known as Al Shabaab. In the year 2011, Kenya made a move to deploy troops in Somalia in pursuit of the Al Qaeda-linked Somalia militant group, which had abducted foreign aid workers and tourists in Kenya. The al-Shabaab groups are not only on a mission to unleash their wrath on Kenyan citizens but also to radicalize the youths. Kenyan youth radicalization is not something new to the al Shabaab group; youths have been radicalized since the 1998 -US embassy bombing in Nairobi and Tanzania. Political marginalization, poverty, and Unemployment are ticking bombs since the Al Shabaab takes advantage of the nation’s vulnerability to radicalize the youths. Both the al Shabaab and the new recruits have carried out a string of grenade attacks on Kenyan citizens since its military incursion in Somalia, claiming the lives of many innocent citizens; with the latest attack being carried out recently, claiming four lives on the spot.

Islam philanthropists have come out to defend their religion from such stereotypes. Lena Khan is one example of those who stood firm in their culture to show the world the beautiful side of Islam religion. In 2007, American Muslims were asked to share what they wish to tell the world. In their response, the award-winning film producer, Lena Khan, directed a film based on a music video entitled ‘a land called paradise’. The film portrays several American Muslims with simple placards, each showing the world one thing they want the world to know about them. The placards suggest a simple premise and are incredibly effective, telling the world that Muslims, just like any other religion have positive attributes to society other than the stereotype. The film is used in most professional development workshops to discuss the stereotype of Muslims and Islam.

Regardless of our understanding that we are more suspicious of those we regard to be Arabs than others, it is politically incorrect, illogical, and morally repugnant. It is illogical since the possibility that a given Arab is a terrorist is slightly higher than the possibility that anybody else could be a terrorist. One does not need to be an ethicist to notice that it is not fair to slap a noxious label as such on the entire group of people, on account of the evils done by the minority. Additionally, stereotyping Muslims or Arabs as terrorists alienate and angers them at a crucial time when we need them the most to help trace the real culprits within their community, who pose threats to innocent victims.