Shedding Light on Fear-Mongering.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0745332536″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410mFvOeS-L.jpg” width=”210″ alt=”Nathan Lean” ]A Feature Review of
The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
Paperback: Pluto Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by John W. Morehead.
Human beings are wired to be aware of difference. It is natural part of human nature to forge various social alliances that foster senses of “us,” the insiders, in distinction to “them,” the outsiders. Problems arise when the outsiders become the enemy, and they further function in such a way that one’s individual and collective identity is created by way of opposition to the other. In the United States, this dynamic is all too frequently found in the post-9/11 environment in regards to Islam, where a cottage industry portrays Islam as a monstrous entity, wholly a religion of violence, pursuing terrorism and the overthrow of the US Constitution to be replaced with “sharia law.” The result of this narrative is a frighteningly large number of people adopting “Islamophobia,” an irrational fear of Muslims and the Islamic religion.