Nine countries more afraid of Islamic extremists than countries with Islamic extremists

Published August 30th, 2015 - 11:00 GMT
The rise of Daesh and the Arab Spring have been factors in the rising fear of Islamic extremism around the world. (AFP/File)
The rise of Daesh and the Arab Spring have been factors in the rising fear of Islamic extremism around the world. (AFP/File)

The rise of Daesh (ISIS) has placed a limelight on Islamic viewpoints, and it's not the kind of publicity Muslims were hoping for. Nations around the world are instigating counterterrorism programs and cracking down on Islamic extremism, in ways that sometimes lead to discrimination.

A study published by the Pew Research Center last month shows just how deep that fear runs — but the research might also be an indication of the larger problem of bias. 

The research polled Western countries concerned about Islamic extremism and shows a lot of nations without Muslim populations are more afraid of Islamic extremists than those that actually experience it.

Concern for Islamic extremism rose exponentially around the world after 2011, the year of the Arab Spring. There were some extremist groups heavily involved in evolutions across the Middle East.

Here's a list of the top nine Western countries most concerned about Islamic attacks, compared with countries with significant Muslim populations. In France and Spain especially, fears are especially high. 

By Hayat Norimine


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