In the minds of many Americans, Islam is synonymous with the Middle East, Muslim men with violence, and Muslim women with oppression. A clash of civilizations appears to be increasingly manifest and the war on terror seems a struggle against Islam. These are all symptoms of Islamophobia. This book, Islamophobia, explores the presence of these anxieties through the political cartoon--a medium with an immediate and powerful impact. After providing both background on Islam and the history of American interactions with Muslims, it graphically shows how political cartoons reveal Americans' casual demonizing and demeaning of Muslims and Islam--a phenomenon common among both liberals and conservatives. Islamophobia offers a fascinating and insightful look at our culture's misperceptions and why it's so important to stop "making Muslims the enemy."
Peter Gottschalk is professor of religion at Wesleyan University. His books––which include American Heretics and Religion, Science, and Empire––draw on his research and experience in India, Pakistan, and the United States.
Gabriel Greenberg serves as the rabbi of a synagogue in New Orleans, where he lives with his family.
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