Islamophobia : The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century

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Islamophobia has been on the rise since September 11, as seen in countless cases of discrimination, racism, hate speeches, physical attacks, and anti-Muslim campaigns. The 2006 Danish cartoon crisis and the controversy surrounding Pope Benedict XVI's Regensburg speech have underscored the urgency of such issues as image-making, multiculturalism, freedom of expression, respect for religious symbols, and interfaith relations. The 1997 Runnymede Report defines Islamophobia as "dread, hatred, and hostility towards Islam and Muslims perpetuated by a series of closed views that imply and attribute negative and derogatory stereotypes and beliefs to Muslims." Violating the basic principles of human rights civil liberties, and religious freedom, Islamophobic acts take many different forms. In some cases, mosques, Islamic centers, and Muslim properties are attacked and desecrated. In the workplace, schools, and housing, it takes the form of suspicion, staring, hazing, mockery, rejection, stigmatizing and outright discrimination. In public places, it occurs as indirect discrimination, hate speech, and denial of access to goods and services. This collection of essays takes a multidisciplinary approach to Islamophobia, bringing together the expertise and experience of Muslim, American, and European scholars. Analysis is combined with policy recommendations. Contributors discuss and evaluate good practices already in place and offer new methods for dealing with discrimination, hatred, and racism.

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, black & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
  • 0199753652
  • 9780199753659
  • 590,716

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JE: University Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University; IK: Assistant Professor of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

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This cannot be verbalized; it must be seen... Murad Wilfried Hofmann, The Muslim World Book Review Edited with skill by John L. Esposito and Ibrahim Kalin...Together the authors give a comprehensive, well-documented account of the historical roots of present-day Islamophobia. Times Literary Supplement This well-presented collection of essays goes far towards analysing the nature of the problem and canvassing thereby the issues that need to be tackled if Islamophobia is to be eradicated...essential reading for all for whom Islamophobia is a pressing concern. Douglas Pratt, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

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