America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump

America & Islam: Soundbites, Suicide Bombs and the Road to Donald Trump

by Lawrence Pintak


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Donald Trump's first term as the 45th President of the United States of America has shocked the world. His attitudes towards Islam became a key point of contention on the campaign trail, and in power Trump has continued his war of divisive words and deeds. Here, acclaimed jourbanalist Lawrence Pintak scrutinizes America's relationship with Islam since its foundation. Casting Donald Trump as a symptom of decades of misunderstanding and demonization of the Islamic world, as well as a cause of future tensions, Pintak shows how and why America's relationship with the world's largest religion has been so fractious, damaging and self-defeating.

Featuring unique interviews with victims and perpetrators of Trump's policies, as well as analysis of the media's role in inflaming debate, America & Islam seeks to provide a complete guide to the twin challenges of terrorism and the polarizing rhetoric that fuels it, and sketches out a future based on co-operation and the reassertion of democratic values.

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ISBN-13: 9781784539092
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lawrence Pintak is an award-winning jourbanalist and scholar who has written about America's complex relationship with Islam since 1980. He was the founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University (2009-2016) and was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Jourbanalists in 2017 for “outstanding service to the profession of jourbanalism” around the world.

A former CBS News Middle East correspondent with a PhD in Islamic Studies, Pintak been called the foremost chronicler of the interaction between Arab and Western media. He has won two Overseas Press Club awards and was twice nominated for international Emmys. Prior to WSU, Pintak served as director of the Kamal Adham Center for Jourbanalism Training and Research at The American University in Cairo.

He is the host of The Murrow Interview, a series of broadcast conversations with leading figures in international affairs and global jourbanalism and was founding publisher of the online jourbanal Arab Media & Society. His work appears in The New York Times,,, the International Herald Tribune, The Seattle Times and a variety of other publications and he is frequently interviewed by NPR, CNN, Al Jazeera English, BBC and news organizations around the world.

His books include Islam for Jourbanalists (co-editor, 2014); The New Arab Jourbanalist (2011); Reflections in a Bloodshot Lens: America, Islam & the War of Ideas (2006); Seeds of Hate: How America's Flawed Middle East Policy Ignited the Jihad (2003); and Beirut Outtakes (1988). He holds a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Wales.

Table of Contents

Reviews ix

About the Author xi

Author's Note xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Politics-The Muslim Bogeyman 9

1 Media Codependence 11

2 Prisoners of the Long War 31

3 The American Taliban 47

4 Cognitive Dissonance 53

5 The Morning After 59

Part 2 (Mis)Perceptions-Separating Fact from Fiction 71

6 Not All Islamists Want Your Head 73

7 The Myth of the Muslim Monolith 81

8 How the West Created Radical Islam 101

9 The Islamic States of America 123

Part 3 Policies-Seeing Black and White in a Sea of Gray 141

10 Brotherhood of the Orb 143

11 The Wahhabi Project 153

12 Tempest in the Gulf 165

13 Between Iran and a Hard Place 173

14 Return of the Ottomans 183

Part 4 Prospects-Islam Beyond Trump 189

15 The Prince 191

16 The Americanization of Islam 199

17 Voices of Reason 211

18 Islam UnTrumped 219

Postscript 231

Notes 235

Bibliography 277

Index 313

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