How Globalization Spurs Terrorism: The Lopsided Benefits of "One World" and Why That Fuels Violence

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CHAPTER 7
Threatened Identities, Change,
and Globalization

The West “needs an enemy, and this time it is Islam,” Khatami
said. “And Islamophobia becomes a part of all policies of the great
powers, of heg[e]monic powers.”

—Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami1

“No Muslim will ever ignore these acts of blasphemy.”

—Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, referring to cartoons,
satirizing the Prophet Mohammad, published in Western media2

“Muslim children in this country tend to live separate lives …
Whether they go to Muslim school does not make much difference
to their segregation. They are concentrated in the inner cities. They
could be attending a state school that is 90 percent Muslim …”

—Professor Mark Halstead, describing the education of Muslim
children in the United Kingdom3

Complex political, economic, social, and psychological factors have combined to create circumstances in which Muslim communities in both western and non-western countries, and practicing Muslims in particular, fundamentalist Muslims even more so, feel collectively threatened. This perceived threat is a distressing psychological experience, associated with feelings of collective shame, frustration, and anxiety. Among Muslims in the West, practicing and fundamentalist Muslims tend to be segregated and have developed self-protective mechanisms against

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