Don't Let Me Stop You

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Posted by Dan Draney on March 13, 2005

Does Islamophobia actually exist? It’s not among the more than 500 listed by The Phobia List. They do mention Ecclesiophobia- Fear of church, Hagiophobia- Fear of saints or holy things and Judeophobia- Fear of Jews. They don’t have a term for fear of Islam or Muslims, though. There isn’t even a phobia for “fear of terrorism” on the list.

Perhaps this site is just not on the cutting edge. A new disorder is always an opportunity for some enterprising psychologist looking to make a name for himself in the field. Indeed a Google search with “Islamophobia” and “psychologist” does turn up a few non-crackpot hits.

Of course a phobia is by definition: “an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear.” So it may be awhile before Islamophobia is considered a bona fide disorder like Logizomechanophobia- Fear of computers. If you have Logizomechanophobia, you have our sympathy, but chances are you aren’t reading this.


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