Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

In response to the events of 9 11, the Bush administration launched a war on terror, ushering in an era of anti Muslim racism, or Islamophobia However, 9 11 did not create the image of the Muslim enemy This book examines the historic relationship between anti Muslim racism and the agenda of empire building.Beginning in the eleventh century and the context of the CrusIn response to the events of 9 11, the Bush administration launched a war on terror, ushering in an era of anti Muslim racism, or Islamophobia However, 9 11 did not create the image of the Muslim enemy This book examines the historic relationship between anti Muslim racism and the agenda of empire building.Beginning in the eleventh century and the context of the Crusades, Deepa Kumar offers a sweeping historical analysis of the changing views of Islam and Muslims in the West, examining the ways that ruling elites throughout history have used the specter of a Muslim enemy to justify their imperial projects.The language of Islamophobia that was developed in the context of the European colonization of the Middle East continues to thrive today in the United States Kumar expertly exposes and debunks various myths about Muslims and Islam that have become widely accepted in the US.She goes on to analyze the US s checkered attitude towards the parties of political Islam, outlining how it has treated Islamists as both allies and enemies By examining local conditions that have allowed for the growth of Islamists, Kumar shows that these parties are not inevitable in Muslim majority countries but are rather a contemporary phenomenon similar to the rise of Christian, Jewish, and Hindu fundamentalisms.The final section of the book sheds light on how the use of Islamophobia in justifying foreign policy necessitates and facilitates political repression at home Attacks on Muslim Americans have spread to attacks on dissent in general Kumar concludes by making a powerful case for a grassroots movement that challenges anti Muslim racism and the projects of empire.Deepa Kumar is an associate professor of media studies and Middle East studies at Rutgers University and the author of Outside the Box Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike Kumar has contributed to numerous outlets including the BBC, USA Today, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire In response to the events of the Bush administration launched a war on terror ushering in an era of anti Muslim racism or Islamophobia However did not create the image of the Muslim enem

  • Title: Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire
  • Author: Deepa Kumar
  • ISBN: 9781608462117
  • Page: 477
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. America & Islam: Deepa Kumar’s Cry for HelpOn January 8th, 2011 a man by the name of Jared Lee Loughner went on a shooting rampage at a political event where numerous people were killed and wounded and where notable US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords almost died from a bullet in her head. In the premeditation stage ofthis shooting rampage, Mr. Loughner wondered if he would end up being labeled as a terrorist; however, even though the act of what Jared Loughner did can easily be legally d [...]

    2. The history of capitalism is also the history of racism. In the nineteenth century, Karl Marx drew attention to how this mode of production systematically divided the oppressed as one of its principal means of survival. In his exile in Britain, he noted how anti-Irish sentiment was intentionally generated by the ruling elite as an ideological weapon to be used to divide and rule the working class:The ordinary English worker hates the Irish worker as a competitor who lowers his standard of life. [...]

    3. All empires throughout history have one thing in common. They try, through hegemony and propaganda, to whip up antipathy and hostility about a particular peoples and their region, which they’d like to invade and occupy. The process by which savage adventurism has been justified in the Middle East is by relying on widely held orientalist myths about Islam that have been propagated for years by pseudo-intellectuals like the lamentable Fouad Ajami and the contemptible Bernard Lewis. Myths like; I [...]

    4. This is a good introductory survey of the use of Orientalism to help further the goals of Western imperialism, from the medieval period up to modernity. Every review is necessary somewhat subjective and for me the overwhelming majority of material contained herein I was already familiar with. Having said that there were a few insights - such as the focus on purely textual analysis by Orientalist scholars - which were novel and that I found rang true. Also the disciplining of "terrorism" which ha [...]

    5. Horrible book that defends Hamas as picking up "the mantle of national resistance against Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands." Has she ever considered that resistance isn't bombing innocent women and children?

    6. Fascinating history of Islam, relations between non and Muslim-majority countries, and political uses of Islamophobia, but the author doesn't seem to acknowledge any reasonable concern about Islam. There are only two groups of people in her mind: Imperialists/Islamophobes and "progressives"

    7. I found the book really easy to follow even though I knew very little both about pre-colonial history and the post-colonial nationalist movements in the Middle East. The author is very clear in signposting her arguments, which made it easier for me to figure out why she was including particular examples. The book is written with someone who has little knowledge of the Middle East or Islam in mind, and the author includes enough explanatory material to follow the argument, without seeming patroni [...]

    8. This is the type of book I was looking for after a lackluster workshop I took about being an ally to the Muslim community. It discusses Islam's intellectual contributions in earlier centuries and talks about modern fundamentalist movements. Most importantly, though, it emphasizes that Islamophobia is about politics and not religion, and that the construction of an ominous enemy only serves to keep the populace in fear.Some sections are thinly argued, particularly when discussing how dire economi [...]

    9. I can't recommend this enough. Not exactly light reading and took me over a month to finish but there's so much great information here.

    10. I loved this book because it placed Islamophobia in a global and historical perspective. Kumar's account of the origins of Islam and its influence in the history of Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa throughout the Middle ages was pretty succinct, but it touched on issues of European opportunism and imperialism and really effectively tied those characteristics to US foreign and domestic policy today. None of the information in the book was particularly shocking--turns out United States ha [...]

    11. One chapter was terribly polemic, and there are a few instances of "who is not for me is against me." There were some rather blunt denunciations against people who offer some moderate views.But it's well worth a read, particularly in today's political climate.Sad so see that some people denounced for small followings and outside influence have become major actors under the current administration.

    12. this book was great! it is a truism that statements that answers that support the status quo are pithy and 'common sense' (and wrong) whereas answers statements that explain the truth as it really is are much more complicated and time consuming. take for example the question of 9/11. why did muslim men fly into the wtc? the answer supporting the status quo is that they were islamic terrorists and islam is fundamentally violent. or muslims hate america for our freedoms. or any number of simple on [...]

    13. Covering the history of the development of Islamophobia, the author shows convincingly that it has been used historically as a political device to further the cause of imperialism by engendering irrational hatred and fear of not only Muslims but of anyone from Muslim-majority countries. With its roots in orientalism, Islamophobia consists of a variety of beliefs. Among them is the belief that Islam is a violent religion by its very nature, and that it is unlike the other major religions in the w [...]

    14. Pretty good book, nice and short and to the point. Could have been more drawn out in some areas, but I agree with her overall thesis. I like her idea of how Islamophobia is not merely the result of a "clash of civilizations," but manufactured by an intricate network of journalists, intellectuals, politicians, intelligence officials and so forth.

    15. An interesting analysis on the origin and development of Islamophobia in the US. the book consider both past and current history to show how the fear of Islam has been used (and it is still used) to built a new imperialistic policy founded on the same ideas that colonialims had. It also report how the internal fight to terrorism in the US created a witch hunt paranoia that brought to the denial of fundamental freedom right of its Muslim citizens and residents as well as hate speaches towards Isl [...]

    16. An amazingly well written book on how Western politics and culture have stigmatized an entire group of people and religion.

    17. Crisply written, this examines the *politics* that structure US engagement with Muslim elites around the world, and the effects this has on representations of Islam by American political elites.

    18. Excellent look at the way that islamophobia in the US has both fueled and been fueled by US policy. Would recommend to anyone interested in foreign politics with the middle east.

    19. "Anti-imperialists must take a principled position against imperialism and support the right of oppressed nations to self-determination." Words cannot describe how amazing I found this book. I did some serious self reflection when it came to the discussion of "liberal imperialism" and how important this discussion is especially now when we strike a country under the guise of humanitarianism. There is a lot of inner conflict I have had about that particular subject and to read a well thought out [...]

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