A boilerplate "Islamophobia" panel at Georgetown University was interrupted when a woman in the audience stood up and asked, "How do you distinguish between Islamophobia and those who are legitimately afraid of a certain kind of [Islam] that is taking over their countries?" In a CW-sponsored article at the American Spectator, Middle East Forum Washington Project Director Cliff Smith describes what happened next.
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In a small, crowded conference room full of Christian icons at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., around 40 people gathered earlier this month to hear two academics from a Muslim background discuss the topic of "Islamophobia" in Europe. The scholars were Enes Bayrakli, a professor of political science and international relations at the Turkish-German University, and Farid Hafez, a political scientist at the University of Salzburg.