The only common aspect among all definitions of Islamophobia is that all of them have something negative to say about Muslims or Islam or both. This book traces Islamophobia as a phenomenon from history and attempts to break some of the myths that are dominant in contemporary literature. It explains how the fear of Islam travelled through ages, adding more ills into its ambit and escalating to a level of generalized fear of Muslims today. Islamophobia: History, Context and Deconstruction challenges many established theories including that of the influential post-colonial writer and critic. Edward Said's view that Islamophobia is European hostility and prejudice towards Arabo-Muslim people. The author envisages Islamophobia as a multidimensional construct and provides tools for measuring its manifold dimensions. The book focuses on providing a diagnosis of the problem and prognostic solutions to avoid further degradation of the relations between Islam, the West and the rest. It is a response from the East to the Western discourses on Islamophobia.

Islamophobia: History, Myths Facets

Islamophobia: History, myths facets

History helps us understand complex problems, but at times it makes seemingly easy-to-understand issues appear exceedingly perplex and intricate. Islamophobia is one such phenomena/construct which would get further convoluted if you attempt to develop clarity on it with the help of history; more the alacrity, more the convolutedness. Contemporary advances on the Islamophobia construct are fast paced; nonetheless, they leave more doubts than crystalizing it for a better understanding. In addition, to have a simple understanding, Islamophobia has often been associated with ‘fear or hatred of Islam and Muslims’. Not only hostility, prejudice, racism, orientalism and many other cynicisms are baptized as Islamophobia, but also some of the scholars resort to inventive approaches to explain and theorize ...

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