Chris Allen (academic)

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Chris Allen (born 1966) is a British sociologist and Associate Professor at the Centre for Hate Studies[1] at the University of Leicester. He was named by the Deutsche Welle as an expert on the topic of contemporary Islamophobia.[2]

Research into Islamophobia[edit]

Shortly after the events of 9/11 he was commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia to co-author its "Summary report on Islamophobia in the EU after 11 September 2001" with Jorgen S. Nielsen. Published in May 2002, the report concluded that "a greater receptivity towards anti-Muslim and other xenophobic ideas and sentiments has, and may well continue, to become more tolerated".[3] At the same time, Allen apparently acknowledged that "there were very few serious [anti-Muslim] attacks" and that Islamophobia "manifested itself in quite basic and low-level ways."[4] According to Allen, Islamophobia is not simply a post-9/11 phenomenon, but builds on a tradition of xenophobia and fear of Islam.[5]

In 2012, he was asked to be on the board of "a cross-government working group to tackle anti-Muslim hatred".[6] He later publicly resigned from the group.[7]


  • Islamophobia (2010) ISBN 978-0754651390


  1. ^ lan11. "Dr Chris Allen — University of Leicester". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  2. ^ Walker, Tamsin (20 March 2010). "Racial inequality still rife across Western world". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  3. ^ Allen, C. & Nielsen, J. S. Summary Report on Islamophobia in the EU15 after 11 September 2001 (Vienna: European Monitoring Centre for Racism and Xenophobia, 2002).
  4. ^ Malik, Kenan (6 January 2005). "What hate?". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  5. ^ Witt-Stahl, Susann (10 September 2011). "'Dem Bösen ein Ende setzen': Islam-Hass ist kein Post-9/11-Phänomen". Neues Deutschland.
  6. ^ Shah, Murtaza Ali (5 April 2012). "British government moves to tackle Islamophobia". The News International. Retrieved 31 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Why I Quit the Government's Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group". HuffPost UK. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2018-09-18.

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