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Islamophobia in U.S. Society and Schools, Recognizing and Countering

Living in a world fraught with extremism, terrorism, warfare, and destruction now seems familiar. Fear and hatred of the “other” is pervasive. The rise of radical Islam around the world has caused much tension in the United States and in many other nations. Leading educators have communicated their concern and identified the dysfunctions of this latest prejudice and discrimination directed toward Islam and Muslim peoples. This condition has been identified and labeled as Islamophobia. Defined as an irrational distrust, fear of, or rejection of Islam and those who are perceived to be Muslim, Islamophobia has increased since the World Trade Center disaster of September 11, 2001. Islamophobia can result from the actions of one or more persons identified as Muslim “fundamentalists” or as extremists. This ...

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