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As corporate and governmental agencies march us towards global conflict, racism, and imperialism, this book contends that teachers must have the tools with which to combat unilateral politicization of Arabic and Muslim peoples. Teaching Against Islamophobia creates a pedagogical space for educators to engage with necessary issues and knowledges regarding the alienation of Islamic culture, religion, knowledge, and peoples.
Edited by a WASP, a Jew, and an Iranian, this book confronts the fears, challenges, and institutional problems facing today's teachers. Taking its cue from critical pedagogy, this book is a collection of essays by artists, writers, performers, and educators committed to naming the insidious racism and hatred of those who would isolate and vilify Islam.
Foreword Re-educating against Miseducation
Part One: There Is No One "Muslim World"
One Why Teach against Islamophobia: Striking the Empire Back Shirley R. Steinberg Steinberg, Shirley R. 3
Two The Inescapable Presence of 'Non-existent' Islamophobia Christopher D. Stonebanks Stonebanks, Christopher D. 29
Three Islam: The Fundamentals Every Teacher Should Know Naved Bakali Bakali, Naved 49
Four What Is Islam? A Conversation with the Magisterial Intellectuals of the Past Hassan Ahmad Mian Mian, Hassan Ahmad 65
Part Two: Reading Islamophobia
Five Islamophobia: The Viewed and the Viewers Shirley R. Steinberg Steinberg, Shirley R. 79
Six Holy Islamophobia, Batman! Demonization of Muslims and Arabs in Mainstream American Comic Books Jehanzeb Dar Dar, Jehanzeb 99
Seven "Mad Man Hassan Will Buy Your Carpets!": The Bearded Curricula of Evil Muslims Ozlem Sensoy Sensoy, Ozlem 111
Eight Barack Obama, Islamophobia, and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Media Spectacle Michael D. Giardina Giardina, Michael D. 135
Part Three: Categories on the Board---"Muslims You Never Knew"
Nine The Undercover Muslim: An African American Perspective on Transitions of Muslim Identity Preacher Moss Moss, Preacher 161
Ten Faith or Fight: Islam in the African American Community Samaa Abdurraqub Abdurraqub, Samaa 169
Eleven The Dialectics of Islamophobia and Homophobia in the Lives of Gay Muslims in the United States Younes Mourchid Mourchid, Younes 187
Twelve "Yes, My Name is Ibrahim and I Am an Atheist!" Confessing Asrar: Atheism, Arts, Answerability, Imagination and the Muslim You Have Never Known Awad Ibrahim Ibrahim, Awad 205
Thirteen Know the Ledge but Don't Hit the Edge: Building with the God Jahmega Allah Habib Siam Siam, Habib 215
Fourteen Pieces of Iman: The Pilgrimage Home Yassin Alsalman Alsalman, Yassin 227
Part Four: Teaching Against Islamophobia
Fifteen Common Sense, Uncommon Knowledge and Fighting Words Carolyne Ali-Khan Ali-Khan, Carolyne 239
Sixteen Footnotes on Reflective Practice Anastasia Kamanos Gamelin Gamelin, Anastasia Kamanos 269
Seventeen A Frank Intercourse: Combating Islamophobia in Sex Education Fida Sanjakdar Sanjakdar, Fida 281
Eighteen A Bifocal Lens on Islamophobia: Using Young Adult Fiction as a Teaching Tool Krista Riley Riley, Krista 297
Nineteen Teaching Islamic Themes at the College Level Sevak Manjikian Manjikian, Sevak 309
Twenty "How Do You Expect Me to Teach This without Any Resources?" Melanie Stonebanks Stonebanks, Melanie 321