According to a survey by Pew Global Attitudes Project, not really.
Despite concerns about an anti-Muslim backlash in the wake of a string of highly publicized events involving Muslims living in Europe – subway bombings in London, controversy over Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad, rioting by Muslim youth in France – most Muslims living in Europe do not feel that most or even many Europeans are hostile toward people of their faith. Indeed, European Muslims are, in general, more satisfied with national conditions than are the general publics of these countries.
Substantial majorities of Muslims living in the European countries surveyed say that in the last two years they have not had any personally bad experience attributable to their race, ethnicity or religion. In France, however, where riots last fall pitted Muslim youth against French police, 37% of Muslims report a bad encounter, while in Britain 28% report being the target of discrimination.
Muslims in Spain are the least concerned about European anti-Muslim sentiment – fewer than a third (31%) say most or many Europeans have hostile attitudes compared with 64% who see only some or very few as hostile. In Great Britain, 42% of Muslims judge that many or most of their European hosts are unfriendly, while in France, 39% of resident Muslims share that view. Only in Germany does a narrow 51%-majority of resident Muslims view most (22%) or many (29%) Europeans as hostile.
In some of the European host countries surveyed, the general public agrees precisely with these assessments. In Great Britain, 40% of the public sees most or many of their fellow countrymen as hostile to Muslims compared with 42% of British Muslims taking that view; in Germany, 63% of the larger public agrees with the 51% of Muslims who see most or many of their hosts as hostile. But in France a considerably larger number among the public (56%) see substantial hostility toward Muslims than do Muslims themselves (39%). And in Spain, nearly twice as many in the overall population (60%) see most or many Europeans as hostile to Muslims as do Spanish Muslim, only 31% of whom share that view.
Muslims are more satisfied than the general public. (!)
In France and Spain, Muslims themselves feel less hostility from Europeans than the European general public assumes existing. Only in Britain do the Muslims feel more hostility — by a margin of a mighty 2 %.
What does this tell us?
Permit me to speculate. Whenever a terrorist act by Muslim terrorists is committed on European soil, or there are Muslim riots, the news media and most mainstream politicians practically go into overdrive warning about the growing “Islamophobia”, and how our “Islamophobia” may have provoked this or that atrocity… By Muslims. And we fools believe it.
Perhaps we should listen to this guy, a former terrorist from Egypt:
He’s exasperated now, visibly angry at what he sees as a willful Western foolishness. “Stop asking what you have done wrong. Stop it! They’re slaughtering you like sheep and you still look within. You criticize your history, your institutions, your churches. Why can’t you realize that it has nothing to do with what you have done but with what they want.”
The facts seem to support his position.
[edit: Perhaps I should add here that thankfully the concern over rising Islamic extremism is high among Muslims in many countries surveyed. Oh, and read the whole survey.]
[edit 2: Coincidentally, there just happens to be a thread at Feministe, about Mark Steyn (who is apparently anti-immigration, altough he doesn’t once suggest reducing immigration) and “Islamophobia” in Europe. People there seem to be pinging PulledOutOffMyAss.com in their opinions about European Islamophobia. They’ll surely appreciate a real survey like the Pew one, and reconsider their opinions on the matter accordingly. Even if they won’t arrive to same conclusion as I just did.]