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    Todd H. Green(Author)

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American and European societies have struggled with the recurrent problem of Islamophobia, which continues to surface in waves of controversial legislative proposals, public anger over the construction of religious edifices, and outbreaks of violence. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine contributes fuel to the aggressive debate in Western societies and creates the need for measured discussion about religion, fear, prejudice, otherness, and residual colonialist attitudes. The Fear of Islam speaks into this context, offering an introduction to the historical roots and contemporary forms of religious anxiety regarding Islam within the Western world. Tracing the medieval legacy of religious polemics and violence, Green weaves together a narrative that orients the reader to the complex history and issues that originate from this legacy, continuing through to the early and late modern colonial enterprises, the theories of "Orientalism," and the production of religious discourses of alterity and the clash of civilizations that proliferated in the era of 9/11 and the war on terror.

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 CoreThis 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 OntarioIslamophobia 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

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • Todd H. Green(Author)
  • Fortress Press,U.S. (1 May 2015)
  • English
  • 6
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Jennifer on 13 May 2016

    A phobia is an unreasonable, irrational fear. Islam has a religious obligation to control and destroy all other faiths and laws, which may make non-Muslims have a very real reason for feeling less than relaxed. Allah's holy Law of War is in fact the most important religious duty in Islam, obligatory for all Muslims. This is absolutely clear in the Qur'an, the Hadith-traditional stories, the very first valid histories by Ibn Ishaq and Tabari, and Islamic law. Islam must reign supreme over all other religions and laws. Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam.Qur’an 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.The phrase la ilaha illa allah in the Qur’an: in Mecca 37:35, 38:4-10 and Medina 47:19.In these it means religious war for supremacy against all disbelievers.Qur’an 47:19 Muhammad So know that La ilaha illallah, there is no god except Allah.Maududi says: This was at the time of the battle of Badr. It is also entitled al-Qital, the Fighting, because it gives the firm command for Jihad, and its theme is to prepare the Muslims for war against disbelievers and to give them instructions about those who kill and those who are killed:Qur’an 9: 111 Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's cause, so they kill and are killed.


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