Prior to 9/11, you barely heard about the Muslim faith. Most people in the US couldn't tell you who Allah or Mohammed were, or that they were part of the religion. Mohammed might have been the guy at the corner store while you were growing up, but aside from that, the name had little meaning or recognition. There was no fear associated with Islam because nothing was associated with Islam. The faith itself was generally a peaceful one along side Buddhism. 13 years, a few wars, and a lot of news media later, a turban inspires anger even if its on a boring Sikh. The term Muslim is synonymous with terrorist. This is the identity established for the American public by the political machine.
Identity politics is defined as :"political attitudes or positions that focus on the concerns of social groups identified mainly on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation" See http://www.thefreedictionary.com/identity+politics Islamophobia, which would be a fear of Islam may not necessarily focus on the concerns of an identifiable social group, as there could be a variety of groups based in hate, ignorance or legitimate fear, but as a whole, they may not have a common identity.
No, the fear of Islam, as it is refereed to as Islamophobia is not an example of identity politics. I believe this fear is because those that fear it is fear the unknown. The only things that they know is attacks that rocked the country and that these persons were known to be followers of Islam.
No, Islamophobia is not an example of identity politics, because it is not really a political issue. Islamophobia does not really manifest itself politically, since there is not a great deal of domestic discrimination on the basis of religion. People have some valid concerns, in that Islamists sometimes commit terrorism. Their concern is not unfounded.
Identity politics focuses on the identity groups share. Muslims,
for example are obviously not all alike. Yet they share many traditions,
customs, beliefs and problems. Identity politics does not consider members of
groups in order to isolate or stigmatize them. Rather, it attempts to build on their
commonalities, so that they, working as a group, can make progress towards the
goals of their members. Islamophobia is not identity politics, and in fact,
identity politics can help fight Islamophobia.