Does ‘Islamophobia’ Curtail Free Speech?

IEA Discussion Paper No.112, September 2022

21 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2023

Date Written: August 31, 2022


While the offence of blasphemy has been abolished, the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, despite its protection for freedom of expression, is nevertheless, regressive.

Without proper scrutiny or debate, the epithet ‘Islamophobia’ has seamlessly become accepted as a valid phenomenon and term in mainstream society.

This is doubtless considered a success for those Islamic organisations and campaigners that easily take offence, and their apologists, but it is decidedly harmful to free speech, the bedrock of a free society.

Keywords: Islamaphobia, Islam, Free Speech

Suggested Citation

Hasan, Rumy, Does ‘Islamophobia’ Curtail Free Speech? (August 31, 2022). IEA Discussion Paper No.112, September 2022, Available at SSRN: or

Rumy Hasan (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

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