Islamophobia/Islamophilia : Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend

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Islamophobia" is a term that has been widely applied to anti-Muslim ideas and actions, especially since 9/11. The contributors to this provocative volume explore and critique the usefulness of the concept for understanding contexts ranging from the Middle Ages to the modern day. Moving beyond familiar explanations such as good Muslim/bad Muslim stereotypes or the "clash of civilizations," they describe Islamophobia's counterpart, Islamophilia, which deploys similar oppositions in the interest of fostering public acceptance of Islam. Contributors address topics such as conflicts over Islam outside and within Muslim communities in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia; the cultural politics of literature, humor, and urban renewal; and religious conversion to Islam.
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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253221994
  • 9780253221995
  • 1,245,501

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. . . a collection at once serious and sensible in its scope, ambitions and outcome. -- Bruce B. Lawrence * Religion Dispatches * `Islamophobia' is an often used term in debates relating to Muslim minorities in Europe and the US post 9/11. The aim of this edited volume by Andrew Shryock is . . . to investigate the background of the term and reach a more thorough understanding of what it could entail and how it could be used and applied.38.3 2011 * British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies * Overall, the volume is an impressive collection of serious discursive analyses that heighten our sensitivities to the forms arguments about Islam take; while always indexes of power, it is clear that the shared terms of global debates about Islamic reform do not always correspond to shared meanings. * American Ethnologist * In all, this work is a rich and varied fare. What is welcome is the book's developed insight that Islamophilia can also be an act of wishful thinking and fantasy as much as Islamophobia. Morever, the latter can be propagated by Muslims. In all, this is a plea for a grown up engagement with Muslims who are as diverse as Christians and Jews. 31:4, 2011 * The Muslim World Book Review *
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About Andrew Shryock

Andrew Shryock is Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is author of Nationalism and the Genealogical Imagination and co-author of Arab Detroit and Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11.
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Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Islam as an Object of Fear and Affection: A Problem for Critical Analysis / Andrew ShryockPart 1. Continuities and Transformations 1. Western Hostility toward Muslims: A History of the Present / Toma Mastnak 2. The Khalil Gibran International Academy: Diasporic Confrontations with an Emerging Islamophobia / Naamah PaleyPart 2. Modern (Self) Criticism 3. The God That Failed: The Neo-Orientalism of Today's Muslim Commentators / Moustafa Bayoumi 4. Gendering Islamophobia and Islamophilia: The Case of Shii Muslim Women in Lebanon / Lara Deeb 5. Bridging Traditions: Madrasas and Their Internal Critics / Muhammad Qasim ZamanPart 3. Violence and Conversion in Europe 6. The Fantasy and Violence of Religious Imagination: Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism in France and North Africa / Paul A. Silverstein 7. German Converts to Islam and Their Ambivalent Relations with Immigrant Muslims / Esra zyurekPart 4. Attraction and Repulsion in Shared Space 8. Muslim Ethnic Comedy: Inversions of Islamophobia / Mucahit Bilici 9. Competing for Muslims: New Strategies for Urban Renewal in Detroit / Sally HowellList of ContributorsIndex
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