‘Islamophobia Kills’. But Where Does it Come From?

  • Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology


This paper examines the global provenance of Australian Islamophobia in the light of the Christchurch massacre perpetrated by a white-supremacist Australian. Anti-Muslim racism in Australia came with British imperialism in the nineteenth century. Contemporary Islamophobia in Australia operates as part of a successor empire, the United States-led ‘Empire of Capital’. Anti-Muslim stories, rumours, campaigns and prejudices are launched from Australia into global circulation. For example, the spate of group sexual assaults in Sydney over 2000–2001 were internationally reported as ‘ethnic gang rapes’. The handful of Australian recruits to, and supporters of, IS, is recounted in the dominant narrative as part of a story propagated in both the United Kingdom and Australia about Islamist terrorism, along with policy responses ostensibly aimed at countering violent extremism and targeting Muslims for surveillance and intervening to effect approved forms of ‘integration’.


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Published: 2020-01-28
Pages:74 to 87
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How to Cite
Poynting, S. (2020) “‘Islamophobia Kills’. But Where Does it Come From?”, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 9(2), pp. 74-87. doi: 10.5204/ijcjsd.v9i2.1258.

Author Biography

Charles Sturt University, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Scott Poynting, Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University, Adjunct Professor, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University and Adjunct Professor, Centre for Justice, Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Poynting has a variety of research and teaching interests which include:
- Immigration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and racism
-‘Deviance’ and social control
-Class relations
He has co-authored, with Mike Donaldson, Ruling Class Men: Money, Sex, Power (Peter Lang, 2007); and with Greg Noble, Paul Tabar and Jock Collins, Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (Institute of Criminology, 2004) and Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime: Youth, ethnicity and crime (Pluto Australia, 2000); and co-edited, with George Morgan, Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia (ACYS Publishing, 2007).