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'''Islamophobia''' is, literally, "fear of Islam." Though the term can be used for a variety of purposes, its most common usage is to criticize people opposed to Islam.
Islamophobia is a pseudoscientific term originally intended to portray principled opposition to the Moslem agenda as an abnormal mental condition.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first known use of the term Islamophobia was in 1976, though it has become more frequently used since the 1997 publication of ''Islamophobia: A Challenge For Us All'' by the Runnymede Trust, and even moreso to describe the backlash against Muslims following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.<ref></ref><ref></ref><ref></ref><ref></ref>