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The Fear of Islam

An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West

The Fear of Islam investigates the context of Western views of Islam and offers an introduction to the historical roots and contemporary anxiety regarding Islam within the Western world.

Tracing the medieval legacy of religious polemics and violence, Green orients the reader to the complex history and issues in Western relations to Islam, from early and late modern colonial enterprises and theories of “Orientalism,” to the production of religious discourses of otherness and the clash of civilizations that proliferated in the era of 9/11 and the war on terror.

Endorsement

Islamophobia doesn't just hurt Muslims, it weakens Western civilization. . . 

"Todd Green has written a compelling and important book. The future of the West rises and falls on its ability to welcome the contributions of its most diverse elements. Thus, Islamophobia doesn't just hurt Muslims, it weakens Western civilization. Professor Green's book helps us understand the problem and generate creative solutions."

—Eboo Patel | Interfaith Youth Core

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The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West
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By Todd Green
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ISBN: 9781451465495
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Contents
Front Matter
Chapter 1

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The Author

Todd Green

Todd Green is associate professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is the author of numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of lslamophobia and secularization in the West, along with the book Responding to Secularization: The Deaconess Movement in Nineteenth­ Century Sweden (2011). Green is also the editor of Islam, Immigration, and Identity (2014).

Follow Todd on Twitter @toddhgreen

Interviews

Watch Al Jazeera English interview Todd Green on Donald Trumps's remarks regarding Muslims and Islamophobia: 

NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook interviews Todd Green about American Islamophobia in light of recent comments from the presidential candidates.

                         

Check out an interview with Todd Green on AuthorTalk!

Don't miss a two-part conversation with author Todd Green about the complex issues surrounding Islamophobia in the West and what he sees as the future for Islam in Europe and the United States.

 

 

Read an interview with Todd Green featured in Islamic Horizons!

Watch The Fear of Islam: A Conversation with Todd Green

 

 

Additional Endorsements

A helpful, wide-ranging analysis. . . 

"Tragically, the ongoing conflicts in many areas of the world seem likely to continue to generate more reports of violence and to reinforce negative attitudes toward Muslims and Islam. Amid this challenge, Green offers a helpful, wide-ranging analysis of major developments together with thoughtful proposals for transforming attitudes and behaviors."

Leo Lefebure | Georgetown University

Provides insights that point to a new direction.

"This is an extremely important new book. Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the world’s population. Without peace and justice between these two religious communities, there can be no meaningful peace in the world. Our future depends on finding a different way of relating. To this end, the author summarizes encyclopedic information, interprets it clearly, and provides insights that point to a new direction."

Richard Olson | Review & Expositor

Exceptionally well written, organized and presented. . . 

"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamopliobia in the West is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking."

John Burroughs | The Midwest Book Review

Highly recommended for reporters, teachers, and policy makers. . .

"This is an outstanding presentation of the history and current state of lslamophobia. Todd Green draws upon reliable studies supplemented by original research to demonstrate how perceptions of Muslims are shaped and distorted, leading to prejudice and fear. Highly recommended for reporters, teachers, and policy makers."

-Ingrid Mattson | Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario

A critical and timely contribution. . .

"lslamophobia is a new name but a very old type of racism. Todd Green traces its roots and its rational and ideological objectives. This is a critical and timely contribution, as it shows the complex historical route used in the West to construct 'the Other,' 'the Muslim,' a production of fear that ends up being a great danger for the West itself. Combating lslamophobia starts with analyzing and understanding its origin: this is what the reader will find in this great book, very well documented."

-Tariq Ramadan I University of Oxford, St. Anthony's College

Image Gallery

Turkish Bath

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres | The Turkish Bath (1862)

Slave Market

Jean-Léon Gérôme | The Slave Market (1866)

Odalisque

Auguste Renoir | Odalisque (1870)

Iranian hostage crisis protest

Iranian hostage crisis protest | Washington, DC (1979)

President Reagan meeting with Afghan mujahideen

President Reagan meeting with Afghan mujahideen (1983)

Park51 Islamic Center protest

Park51 Islamic Center protest | New York City (2010)

English Defence League protest

English Defence League protest | Newcastle, England (2010)

Oslo Bombing

Scene in Oslo, Norway | After the Breivik bombing (2011)

American Freedom Defense Initiative billboard, Larchmont train station in New York (2012)

American Freedom Defense Initiative billboard | Larchmont train station in New York (2012) | photo by Cynthia Miller-Idriss

Teaching Resources

Schedule of Course Readings/Topics: A Note on Readings from the Author

"I have outlined below a possible course schedule that follows the general structure of The Fear of Islam. I have included suggested readings with each topic. Many of these readings are scholarly texts, but in a few cases, I have included primary texts/sources (examples: Martin Luther, On War Against the Turk; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Caged Virgin). Plenty of examples from other primary texts, news stories, television programs, movies, and material that evidence Islamophobia can be found in each chapter of The Fear of Islam."

Course Bibliography

COURSE INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS ISLAMOPHOBIA?

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 1)
Commission on British Muslims, Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All
N. Meer & T. Modood, “For ‘Jewish’ Read ‘Muslim’?”
A. Shryock, “Islam as an Object of Fear and Affection”

 

UNIT 1: THE HISTORICAL FOUNDATIONS OF ISLAMOPHOBIA

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 2)
J. Tolan, G. Veinstein, H. Laurens, Europe and the Islamic World (Chs. 2– 4, 6, 8, 11)
John of Damascus, On Heresies
Martin Luther, On War against the Turk

Movie:
R. Scott, Kingdom of Heaven

UNIT 2: COLONIALISM, ORIENTALISM, AND THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 3)
E. Said, Orientalism (pp. 1–49)
Yeazell, Harems of the Mind (Ch.2)
B. Lewis, “The Roots of Muslim Rage”
S. Huntington, “The Clash of Civilizations?”

UNIT 3: SEPTEMBER 11 AND THE WAR ON TERROR

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 4)
Abu-Lughod, Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? (Ch. 1)
K. Hunt, “‘Embedded Feminism’ and the War on Terror”
J. Cole, “Islamophobia and American Foreign Policy Rhetoric”
D. Kumar, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Chs. 3, 4, 7)
S. Sheehi, Islamophobia (Ch. 6)
J. Esposito & D. Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? (Chs. 2–4)
George W. Bush, “Speech at the Islamic Center in Washington, DC”

UNIT 4: THE "ISLAMIC THREAT" IN MODERN EUROPE

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 5)
P. Weller, A Mirror for Our Times (Chs. 1,2)
I. Buruma, Murder in Amsterdam (Chs. 1, 2, 6)
J. Klausen, The Cartoons That Shook the World (Chs. 1–3)
A. Hirsi Ali, The Caged Virgin (Ch. 12)

Movie:
Van Gogh & Hirsi Ali, Submission

UNIT 5: THE ISLAMOPHOBIA INDUSTRY

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 6)
N. Lean, The Islamophobia Industry (Chs. 2, 7)
Green, “Who Speaks for Europe’s Muslims?”
A. Hirsi Ali, The Caged Virgin (Chs. 1-3, 16)

Movie:
G. Wilders, i

UNIT 6: MUSLIMS IN THE MEDIA AND AT THE MOVIES

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 7)
N. Lean, The Islamophobia Industry (Ch. 3)
E. Said, Covering Islam (Introduction, Ch. 1 – Part II)
E. Alsultany, Arabs and Muslims in the Media (Chs. 1, 3, 4)
K. Powell, “Framing Islam”
J. Shaheen, Guilty: Hollywood’s Verdict on Arabs after 9/11 (Prologue)

Television Programs:
Discussion of one season of one of the following prime-time dramas: 24, Sleeper Cell, Homeland, or Tyrant
Discussion of how the Canadian show Little Mosque on the Prairie addresses and disrupts Muslim stereotypes

Documentary:
J. Shaheen, Reel Bad Arabs

Movie:
Watch one or two movies that illustrate some of the issues raised in Reel Bad Arabs

UNIT 7: ISLAMOPHOBIA AND ITS CASUALTIES

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 8)
D. Kumar, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (Ch. 8)
A. Kundnani, The Muslims Are Coming! (Chs. 2, 4, 6)
J. Scott, The Politics of the Veil (Chs. 1, 2, 5)
E. Patel, Sacred Ground (pp. 3–40)
Green, “The Resistance to Minarets in Europe”

Documentary:
K. Davis & D. Heilbroner, The Newburgh Sting

UNIT 8: COMBATING ISLAMOPHOBIA

Suggested Readings:
Green, The Fear of Islam (Ch. 9)

Documentary:
N. Farsad, D. Obeidallah, et. al, The Muslims Are Coming!

Articles

"Why Study Islam in Europe?"
The Des Moines Register
January 2015

"Is Torture an American Value?"
The Huffington Post
December 2014

"Is CNN America's Most Islamophobic Network?"
The Huffington Post
October 2014

"What Obama Is Still Missing in the Debate on Torture"
The Huffington Post 
August 2014

"Fighting Islamophobia with 'Political Correctness'"
The Huffington Post
June 2014

"The 9/11 Memorial Museum: Appealing to the Head or the Heart?"
The Huffington Post 
June 2014
 

Press Kit

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See the Press Release!

Todd Green is available to speak on a wide array of topics and current events related to lslamophobia and Muslim minority communities in the United States and Europe. See a list of possible topics/themes for public lectures

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Release date: May 1, 2015

A fascinating introduction to the historical roots and contemporary forms of anxiety regarding Islam within the Western world.

Updates

Press Release
May 12, 2015
See the Press Release for The Fear of Islam!
Todd Green interviewed on AuthorTalk Radio!
May 12, 2015
Don't miss Part 1 of a two-part conversation with author Todd Green about the complex issues surrounding Islamophobia in the West and what he sees as the future for Islam in Europe and the United States.