Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Religion - 181 pages
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In the minds of many Americans, Islam is synonymous with the Middle East, Muslim men with violence, and Muslim women with oppression. In the post-9/11 world, a clash of civilizations appears to be increasingly manifest and the War on Terror seems a struggle against Islam. These are symptoms of Islamophobia. The term "Islamophobia" accurately reflects the largely unexamined and deeply ingrained anxiety many Americans experience when considering Islam and Muslim cultures. Historically, Americans have seldom given voice to these anxieties since they have had, until the last half-century, few connections to Muslim cultures and a small domestic Muslim minority. However, in times of crisis, such as the Iranian hostage situation or, most recently, the September 11th attacks, the long-simmering resentments, suspicions, and fears inherited along with a Christian European heritage manifest themselves most directly in conditions that appear to affirm Americans' darkest concerns. Like a vicious cyclone feeding off of its own energy, Islamophobia takes uncommon events as evidence fitting its worst expectations and turns these into proof that perpetuates those ill-informed expectations. Islamophobia explores the presence of these anxieties through the political cartoon the print medium with the most immediate impact. This book shows graphically how political cartoons dramatically reveal Americans' casual demonizing and demeaning of Muslims and Islam. And the villainizing is shown to be as common among liberals as conservatives. Islamophobia also discusses the misunderstanding of the Muslim world more generally, such as the assumption that Islam is primarily a Middle Eastern religion, where as the majority of Muslims live in South and Southeast Asia, and the misperception that a significant portion of Muslims are militant fundamentalists, where as only a small proportion are."
 

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Dear Great White Rabbit preserve us from the 'White Paper Brigade".
Islamophobia simply does not exist for rational fear is not a phobia.
To say Islamophobia exists is irrational.
Why?
If a cultural codex such as the Nazis Mein Kampf , Christian Bible, Muslim Quran, ... whatever cultural codex, consistently informs within the variance of derived adherents behavior, terror against Other and subjugation of woman particularly as the political power of such a construct increases then the fear of such an entity is rational on the part of Other and woman - it would be irrational to be otherwise.
Is it the case Islam does not now or never has consistently informed terror against Other and subjugation of woman to mans will particularly when it obtains political power?
Where do Muslims and apologists for them such as this author think the “few violent Muslims” come from, the back of a cereal packet?
Norman Hillson “I speak of Germany”, London 1937 said “..; the NAZI … that great unified people are looking for peace and see friendship with Britain as a basis for peace not only for themselves but for everyone else.”
It is this author along with the Hillsons, the apologists for tawdry dogma who enable the cultural relativist ethical nihilist jackboot on the throat of reason until it is to late - Peace in our Neighborhood-Gad! Like the Egyptian Coptics? Like the Indonesian Christians? Like the Saudi Arabian Women? Like Pakistan polio medical personnel? Like the Thailand teachers? Like the ....
The connection between the construct of Other in Nazi Main Kampf and the Muslim Quran is not a matter of contention it is fact if you care to check - not only the foundation texts themselves but compare actual outcomes against Other on the ground.
The meaning of the Nazi and Muslim connection is not academic and simply an opportunity for clever wordsmithing. There are too many victims and there are no less each day that passes.
Richard Dawkins is pointing out the obvious-When a cultural construct of Other(Quran)=another cultural construct of Other(Mein Kampf) be it religious or secular given time and space to flourish you can expect the same outcomes.
The question you ask 'Are the outcomes different'? Is there in any Muslim community in space and time a propensity to visit terror on Other - blow them to bit, and destroy Others churches, hunt down those who dare to question the 'Greatness' of the Prophet be it Mohammad or Hitler or..
What Dawkins is saying is based on empirical observation and rational justified understanding of psychological cause and effect at the individual and group level.
Cultural construct of Other(Quran)=another cultural construct of Other(Mein Kampf)
Cultural Foundation Text=Ethics=Ideas=Motivation=Action For and Against Other. Psychology 101.
Therefore " lumping all Muslims into one box"=" lumping all Nazis into one box".
Those who argue Islam consistently informs terror and subjugation of women are told they “conflate the actions of a few violent Muslims”.
Logic determines “conflate the actions of a few violent Muslims”=”conflate the actions of a few violent Nazis” .
Yes Other sent to the gas chambers. Is it Other being blown to bits on the streets does not count? Are the churches being shut down by Islamist's in Indonesia a (yawn) not at all like Kristallnacht "No religious persecution here".
Everyday since the seventh century empirical observation informs humanity genocidal constructs of Other lead irrevocably to terror against Other. Islamic text informs a genocidal construct against Other - the empirical proof - torn bodies each and every day.
Just having witnessed a Muslim woman covered in black cloth being led by her master-and observing the outcomes this ethic is informing when Islam obtains sufficient political power means woman should not have a rational fear as to the consequences of Islam?
The ethics which inform French school children being run down and
 

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An interesting look at how editorial cartoons depict stereotypes and perpetuate islamophobia. A quick read but really well thought out and executed. would recommend to anyone who consumes editorial ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Overview of Western Encounters with Muslims
13
Symbols of Islam Symbols of Difference
45
Stereotyping Muslims and Establishing the American Norm
61
Extreme Muslims and the American Middle Ground
89
Moments
111
Common Denominators versus Essential Difference
143
Notes
153
Note on Terms and Names
161
Glossary
163
Bibliography
165
Index
171
About the Authors
181
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Peter Gottschalk is associate professor of religion at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He is the author of Beyond Hindu and Muslim. Gabriel Greenberg is a recent Wesleyan graduate specializing in history.

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