What is Islamophobia?

What is Islamophobia? : Racism, Social Movements and the State

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As racist undercurrents in many western societies become manifestly entrenched, the prevalence of Islamophobia - and the need to understand what perpetuates it - has never been greater.

Critiquing the arguments found in notionally left accounts and addressing the limitations of existing responses, What is Islamophobia? demonstrates that Islamophobia is not simply a product of abstract, or discursive, ideological processes, but of concrete social, political and cultural actions undertaken in the pursuit of certain interests.

The book centres on what the editors refer to as the 'five pillars of Islamophobia': the institutions and machinery of the state; the far right, incorporating the counterjihad movement; the neoconservative movement; the transnational Zionist movement; and assorted liberal groupings including the pro-war left, and the new atheist movement. The book concludes with reflections on existing strategies for tackling Islamophobia, considering what their distinctive approaches mean for fighting back.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 27.94mm | 521.63g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745399584
  • 9780745399584

Table of contents

Introduction - What is Islamophobia?

1. Islamophobia, Social Movements and the State: For a Movement Centred Approach by Narzanin Massoumi, David Miller, Tom Mills

Part II: Islamophobia, Counter-terrorism and the State

2. Islamophobia and the Ideology of Empire by Arun Kundnani

3. Islamophobia - Intermestic Perspective by Deepa Kumar

4. The UK Counter-Terrorism Matrix: Structural Racism and the Case of Mahdi Hashi by Asim Qureshi

5. The `War on Terror' and the Attack on Muslim Civil Society by Shenaz Bunglawala

Part III: Social Movements From Above

6. Mainstreaming Anti-Muslim Prejudice: The Rise of the Islamophobia Industry in American Electoral Politics by Nathan Lean

7. Terror Incognito: Black Flags, Plastic Swords and Other Weapons of Mass Disruption in Australia by Scott Poynting and Linda Briskman

8. Anti-Extremism, Islamophobia and the Counterjihad Movement by Hilary Aked

9. The Transatlantic Network: Funding Islamophobia and Israeli Settlements by Sarah Marusek

10. The Neoconservative Movement: Think Tanks as Elite Elements of Social Movements From Above by Tom Griffin, David Miller, Tom Mills

11. Liberal and Left Movements and the Rise of Islamophobia by Narzanin Massoumi, David Miller, Tom Mills

Part IV: Fighting Back

12. Fighting Back: Challenging the State and Social Movements From Above by Narzanin Massoumi, David Miller, Tom Mills

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Review quote

'This important, thoughtful and disturbing book could not be more timely. The authors compel us to examine our institutions, face unwelcome facts, and revise some of our culturally entrenched positions and assumptions' -- Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God 'The best study I have ever seen of this scourge that now plagues the world' -- Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism (2007) and The Lost Traveller's Dream (2017) 'A remarkably courageous and painstakingly evidence-based book... This unique and much needed framework for understanding Islamophobia is a must read for social scientists, policy makers and human rights activists alike!' -- Salma Yaqoob, Political Activist and Head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition 'A masterful volume, intellectually provocative ... it challenges the basic assumptions of the Islamophobia scholarship field ... A must read for any person concerned with the current period and the rising tide of bigotry and racism' -- Hatem Bazian, founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, University of California at Berkeley
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About David Miller

Narzanin Massoumi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-19) at the University of Bath. She is the author of Muslim Women, Social Movements and the 'War on Terror' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) Tom Mills is Lecturer in Sociology and Policy at Aston University. He is the author of The BBC: The Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016). David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is the co-author of The Israel Lobby and the European Union (Public Interest Investigations, 2016) and editor of Tell Me Lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (Pluto Press, 2003), amongst many other works.
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