Teaching Against Islamophobia

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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.

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Meet the Author

Joe L. Kincheloe (1950-2008) was the author of over 55 books and hundreds of articles. His most recent book was Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy. His research/
teaching involved devising and engaging students in new, more intellectually rigorous, socially just ways of analyzing and researching education. He developed an evolving notion of criticality that constructed innovative ways to cultivate the intellect as it worked in anti-oppressive and affectively engaging ways. With Shirley R. Steinberg, Joe founded the Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy, which aims to improve the contribution that education makes to social justice and the democratic quality of people's lives.

Shirley R. Steinberg is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies, her most recent include: 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City, Second Edition (2010); Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Reader (2009); Media Literacy: A Reader (2007); the award-winning Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia; with Joe L. Kincheloe, Christotainment: Selling Jesus Through Popular Culture (2009); Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood (2010, 2004); and The Miseducation of the West: How Schools and Media Distort Our Understanding of the Islam World (2004). She directs freireproject.org. She is presently teaching at McGill University.

Christopher D. Stonebanks is Associate Professor of Education and currently the Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Bishop's University. Raised in North America of mixed Iranian-European descent, he often brings the experience of living life as the Other to his teaching, research, and writing. Recent publications explore the failings of mainstream multiculturalism to recognize the continued prejudices regarding Muslims and those commonly associated with Islam. He is the author of James Bay Cree Students and Higher Education (2008), and co-editor (with Ozlem Sensoy) of Muslim Voices in School (2009).

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Table of Contents

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

Contributors 331

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