Series: Collection: Unpacking the Effects of Islamophobia
From shouts on the street of “go back to where you came from,” to shallow arguments about the threat of Islam advanced by so-called experts and elected officials, Islamophobia has influenced the public discourse surrounding Muslims across all levels of society. But beyond hurtful rhetoric by ill-wishing passersby, those frequenting anti-Muslim online forums, and political representatives, the effect of Islamophobia is having a much darker impact on Muslim communities ranging from mis-guided policies to outright acts of violence against Muslims and their houses of worship. In this collection of papers on Islamophobia, academic specialists in the field address various social, political, economic, historical, and academic manifestations of Islamophobia in the West. By taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of this potent phenomenon, the authors in these papers underscore the logical fallacies, unscientific analyses, and economic forces propelling Islamophobic thinking all the way up to the highest levels of government. Although further research is required to understand the full scope of Islamophobia and its harmful effects, this collection aims to serve as a conversation starter and a resource for those eager to make sense of such highly politicized and potentially dangerous fears of Islam and Muslims.