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The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West

Todd H. Green (Author)
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This volume 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.

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Release date: 
May 1, 2015


“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
“This is an outstanding presentation of the history and current state of Islamophobia. 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

“Islamophobia 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 Islamophobia starts with analyzing and understanding its origin: this is what the reader will find in this great book, very well documented.”
Tariq Ramadan
University of Oxford, St. Anthony’s College

“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

“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, 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


Author Todd Green engages in public scholarship on the topics of Islamophobia and Muslim minority communities In the United States and Europe. See a listing of his recent articles below! 

"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

"The Satanic Verses 25 Years Later: Why the Rushdie Affair Still Matters"
The Huffington Post
September 2013



Interview in Islamic Horizons