The new grand alliance in the Middle East

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Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale explain the changing international alliances in Middle Eastern politics, and how this is connected to rising Islamophobia in Europe. This was originally published as part of a series on Feminism and Islamophobia on their website.

Women defendants at a mass trial of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, Egypt, November 2013 Women defendants at a mass trial of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Alexandria, Egypt, November 2013

In most of Europe and North America now there is only one acceptable form of racism: prejudice against Muslims. This is recent. Until 1978 in most of Europe and North America Muslims were often discriminated against because they were Asian, or Arabs, or people of colour. But in the US, Britain and many other countries they were not singled out for their religion.

This began to change after the humiliation of the United States by the Iranian revolution. That revolution gave heart to a variety of Islamist movements that challenged American dominance in the…

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