by Guy Quenneville
Originally published: September 17, 2017
Hanan Elbardouh answers immediately when I ask her how she defines Islamophobia.
"Fear of Islam," she said.
Elbardouh, a board member of the Islamic Association of Saskatchwan's Saskatoon chapter, was hosting a workshop Saturday focused on helping Muslim community members — as well as non-Muslims and the media — recognize and hit back at negative, Islamophobic depictions of Muslims in the mainstream media.
She pointed specifically to instances in which the religion of a person reported to have committed a crime is mentioned, and how that reinforces a negative stereotype.