So much islamophobia right now.
The way I see it is that religion is a rallying point for the fight against imperialism. And because the west seem to act like they can do what they want this creates an inferiority complex, so people living shitty lives see any threat to what they consider very important, their traditions or religion, (although you may not) as more than a threat to their way of life, provoking what some people consider massive overreactions to very minor issues.
The situation is not helped by the media or politicians on either side.
IMO religion is not the cause for the worlds problems it was made to try and answer these problems.
Doesn't religion pre-date imperialism though? Like, by farrrr.
Catholicism had already killed hundreds of thousands by the time Imperialism became a major player in the world.
Yeah maybe the modern definition of imperialism, but bigger factions been had fighting smaller factions through religion for a long time.
They still have to defend their shit even though they may be outnumbered 10 to 1 and what gives them hope even though they have no chance of surviving is telling themselves that "god is on our side" and believing that they will be in a "better place" when they do die.
Whether it was 1000 years ago or last week its still the bigger faction picking a fight with a smaller faction and them retaliating, it doesn't really matter what it's called.
+IMO religion is rarely the cause for conflict, it's usually greed.