Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims by Stephen Sheehi

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Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims examines the rise of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab sentiments in the West following the end of the Cold War through GW Bush's War on Terror to the Age of Obama. Using "Operation Desert Storm" as a watershed moment, Stephen Sheehi examines the increased mainstreaming of Muslim-bating rhetoric and explicitly racist legislation, police surveillance, witch-trials and discriminatory policies towards Muslims in North America and abroad. Sheehi argues that the colonial attitudes towards Muslims have been refurbished as a viable explanation for Muslim resistance to economic and cultural globalization. Therefore, he contends that many of today's key foreign policy experts, including Fareed Zakaria, Hillary Clinton, and President Barack Obama, are in fact Islamophobes. He concludes that Muslim and Arab-hating emanate from all corners of the American political and cultural spectrum, serving poignant ideological functions in the age of economic, cultural and political globalization.

2011

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