The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror

by Arun Kundnani


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The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

Powerful critique of UK and US surveillance and repression of Muslims and prosecution of homegrown terrorism

The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed—at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years.

Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disperate as Texas, New York and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies. The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived anti-extremism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781685587
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Arun Kundnani is an Adjunct Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and teaches terrorism studies at John Jay College. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Leiden University, Netherlands, an Open Society Fellow, and the Editor of the journal Race and Class. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 An Ideal Enemy 27

2 The Politics of Anti-Extremism 55

3 The Roots of Liberal Rage 89

4 The Myth of Radicalization 115

5 Hearts and Minds 153

6 No Freedom for the Enemies of Freedom 183

7 Postboom 209

8 Twenty-First-Century Crusaders 233

9 Dream Not of Other Worlds 263

Afterword 291

Acknowledgments 297

Notes 299

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The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
Insight into the war on terror and the Muslim struggle in the west, but by labeling specific forms of violence as terrorism can be classed as a radicalized act. The book is well researched and makes a compelling case. Inciting hatred of Islam has become blown out of proportion with a lot of hate bloggers and governments thinking every Muslim is a potential jihadist, as a result Muslims are a people under siege.