What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State

by Narzanin Massoumi

What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State Synopsis

As racist undercurrents in many western societies become manifestly entrenched, the prevalence of Islamophobia - and the need to understand what perpetuates it - has never been greater. Critiquing the arguments found in notionally left accounts and addressing the limitations of existing responses, What is Islamophobia? demonstrates that Islamophobia is not simply a product of abstract, or discursive, ideological processes, but of concrete social, political and cultural actions undertaken in the pursuit of certain interests. The book centres on what the editors refer to as the 'five pillars of Islamophobia': the institutions and machinery of the state; the far right, incorporating the counterjihad movement; the neoconservative movement; the transnational Zionist movement; and assorted liberal groupings including the pro-war left, and the new atheist movement. The book concludes with reflections on existing strategies for tackling Islamophobia, considering what their distinctive approaches mean for fighting back.

What is Islamophobia? Racism, Social Movements and the State Press Reviews

'This important, thoughtful and disturbing book could not be more timely. The authors compel us to examine our institutions, face unwelcome facts, and revise some of our culturally entrenched positions and assumptions' -- Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God 'The best study I have ever seen of this scourge that now plagues the world' -- Joel Kovel, author of Overcoming Zionism (2007) and The Lost Traveller's Dream (2017) 'A remarkably courageous and painstakingly evidence-based book... This unique and much needed framework for understanding Islamophobia is a must read for social scientists, policy makers and human rights activists alike!' -- Salma Yaqoob, Political Activist and Head of the Birmingham Stop the War Coalition 'A masterful volume, intellectually provocative ... it challenges the basic assumptions of the Islamophobia scholarship field ... A must read for any person concerned with the current period and the rising tide of bigotry and racism' -- Hatem Bazian, founder of the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, University of California at Berkeley

Book Information

ISBN: 9780745399577
Publication date: 5th June 2017
Author: Narzanin Massoumi
Publisher: Pluto Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Political activism, Political ideologies, International relations, Social interaction,

About Narzanin Massoumi

Narzanin Massoumi is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-19) at the University of Bath. She is the author of Muslim Women, Social Movements and the 'War on Terror' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017). Tom Mills is Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. He is the author of The BBC: The Myth of a Public Service (Verso, 2016) and the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017). David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences at the University of Bath. He is the co-editor of What is Islamophobia? (Pluto, 2017) and the author ...

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