Dr. Tony Costa, professor of world religions at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, explains the origins of the word "Islamophobia."
The concept was created by a Muslim Brotherhood front group in the 1990s as "a way to stifle any forms of criticism about Islam."
He adds that a "phobia" by definition is an "irrational" fear, and a fear of Islam is not irrational in light of both recent and ancient history.
Professor Costa also says that there is no such thing as "moderate Islam." There are, he says, "moderate Muslims," but the religion itself cannot be broken down into different denominations and remain orthodox.
He also explains why there always seems to be an increase in terrorism during Ramadan, and why ISIS seems to be on the rise.
(Dr. Tony Costa teaches in the area of religion with U of T in the School of Continuing Studies but is not a full-time professor of the U of T in the department of religion. He is also full professor of world religions with the Toronto Baptist Seminary and an adjunct professor with Heritage College and Seminary, and Providence Theological Seminary in the U.S.)
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