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Despite numerous sources suggesting that Islamophobia is becoming both increasingly prevalent and societally acceptable in the contemporary world, there remains a lack of textual sources that consider either the phenomenon itself, or its manifestations and consequences. There is no authoritative text that attempts to understand or contextualise what might be seen to be one of the most dangerous prejudices in the contemporary climate. Chris Allen begins by looking at ways of defining and understanding Islamophobia. He traces its historical evolution to the present day, considering the impact of recent events and their aftermath especially in the wake of the events of September 11, before trying to understand and comprehend a wider conception of the phenomenon. A series of investigations thematically consider the role of the media, the contemporary positioning of Muslims throughout the world, and whether Islamophobia can be seen to be a continuum of historical anti-Muslimism or anti-Islamism, or whether Islamophobia is an entirely modern concept. The issue of Islamophobia is considered from the perspective of the local, regional, and global.
The incidence of Islamophobia, and the magnitude of the phenomenon and its consequences, is one that warrants a greater investigation in the world today. This book is both academically and socially relevant and necessary.
Chris Allen, Research Fellow, The Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham, UK
Contents: Part 1 Introduction: The first decade of Islamophobia; Part 2 History in Context: Revelation to reformation, orientalism and colonialism; From revolution to revival, Rushdie and the clash of civilisations. Part 3 A Decade of the Runnymede Report: Recognition: a new reality that needed naming; Runnymede: an open and closed case. Part 4 Islamophobia in Context: 'They're all the same': Islamophobia in the context of the UK; Different forms of discourse, speech and acts: Islamophobia in Europe. Part 5 Towards a New Theory and Definition of Islamophobia: What is Islamophobia?; Islamophobia: comparisons and correlations; Islamophobia: a new ideology for a media generation; Towards a new definition of Islamophobia. Part 6 Conclusion: Tentative steps in the 21st century; Bibliography; Index.
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