The conspiracy conception of world jihad as an instrument for the islamization of Europe

2019;
: 8-13
https://doi.org/10.23939/shv2019.02.008
Received: September 22, 2019
Accepted: October 21, 2019
1
Lviv Polytechnic National University
2
Lviv National Polytechnic University

The article reveals the essence of the conspiracy concept of world jihad as an instrument for the Islamization of Europe and explores its influence on public opinion in Western European countries.The assessment of the existing and potential risks of conspiratorial thinking spread in Western European countries accomplished by The International Center for The Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), as well as the Think Tank Pew Research Center experts’ forecasts as an attempt to refute the conspiracy concept about the inevitable world jihad implementation through demographic transformation have analyzed. It has been found that, despite the increasing proportion of Muslims in the European population, there are no objective reasons for claiming the inevitability of world jihad. It has been concluded that the “Islamophobia” virus, like other conspiracy concepts based on stereotypical notions about certain peoples, is not a new phenomenon. However, the conspiracy theories about the transformation of the European region into the so-called “Eurabia” have become especially relevant in the context of the recent intensification of migration flows to European countries. Proceeding from the latest news about different conspiratorial statements of Western European political leaders, the disregard of the outbreaks of the “conspiracy thinking epidemic” and the use of Islamophobic conspiracy concepts to misinform people will necessitate declaring the region a “quarantine zone”.

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