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'Islamicity' rankings ignore the realities
by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed
Ireland is the world's most Islamic country, according to a study published this week by George Washington University. Tell that to Peter Robinson, the first minister of Northern Ireland, just across the border, who earlier this month was forced to apologise after calling Islam "evil".
At number 27 on the list of most Islamic countries is Israel. Tell that to those under occupation in Palestine, as well as the Arab Israelis who face discrimination.
In the top 10 is my own United Kingdom. With continuing media and political hostility, an ever-increasing rise in attacks on Muslims and a controversy being generated by the minister for education that suggests that Muslim students must be specifically targeted for anti-extremism teaching (implying that all Muslim children go on to be terrorists), the UK's high ranking simply does not sit right.
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