After September 11, many in the American public and media zeroed in on Muslims in America and the world, irresponsibly linking-intentionally or not-Muslims at large with terrorism. This well-researched book explores this focus and its implications. At the same time, the authors do not leave out the opinion of Muslim Americans, exploring their views about the American media and its influence, their attitudes toward non-Muslim Americans and, just as important, their opinions on post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorist policies and practices. This book not only serves students and scholars in the fields of Middle East studies, media studies, and international communication but is also an enlightening read to anyone interested in mainstream America's perception of Muslims.
Brigitte L. Nacos is adjunct professor of political science at Columbia University. Oscar Torres-Reyna is a Ph.D. candidate in Columbia University's Department of Political Science and visiting professor of public policy at Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 1 Muslim Americans in the News before and after 9/11 Chapter 3 2 The First 9/11 Anniversary and Beyond Chapter 4 3 The Visual Portrayal of Arabs and Muslims Chapter 5 4 How Americans View Islam and Muslims at Home and Abroad Chapter 6 5 Torture: When the Enemy Fits Prevalent Stereotypes Chapter 7 6 American Muslims' Sentiments in the Post-9/11 Years Chapter 8 Epilogue: Covering American Muslims and Islam Chapter 9 Appendix Chapter 10 Selected Bibliography