Dr James Renton is Reader in History at Edge Hill University, UK, and co-editor, with Ben Gidley, of “Antisemitism and Islamophobia: A Shared Story?” which is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan.
Dr. Milena Rampoldi, ProMosaik: How would you define anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Which are the common aspects, what are the main differences between them?
Dr. James Renton: At base, we can use the terms anti-Semitism and Islamophobia as straight forward labels for anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim racisms. But can we offer a fixed definition of these two fields of prejudice? The histories of the terms themselves tell us something of value in this connection. Within these stories, we find helpful insights into the complex relationship between the two: their differences, similarities, and, significantly, connections.