Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century

Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century

by John L Esposito, Ibrahim Kalin
     
 

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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 XVIs Regensburg speech have underscored the urgency of such issues as image-making, multiculturalism, freedom of expression,

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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 XVIs 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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From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199792917
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/02/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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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