Constructing the Muslim Enemy
Not since the Crusades of the Middle Ages has Islam evoked the degree of fear, hostility, and ethnic and religious stereotyping that is evident throughout Western culture today. As conflicts continue to proliferate around the globe, the perception of a colossal, unyielding, and unavoidable struggle between Islam and the West has intensified. These numerous conflicts, both actual and ideological, have revived fears of an ongoing "clash of civilizations"--an intractable and irreconcilable conflict of values between Western cultures and an Islam that is portrayed as hostile and alien.
The New Crusades takes head-on the idea of an emergent "Cold War" between Islam and the West. It explores the historical, political, and institutional forces that have raised the specter of a threatening and monolithic Muslim enemy and provides a nuanced critique of much received wisdom on the topic, particularly the "clash of civilizations" theory. Bringing together twelve of the most influential thinkers in Middle Eastern and religious studies--including Edward Said, Roy Mottahedeh, and Fatema Mernissi--this timely collection confronts such depictions of the Arab-Islamic world, showing their inner workings and how they both empower and shield from scrutiny Islamic radicals who operate from similar paradigms of inevitable and absolute conflict.
A book of major importance.... Essential.
Sophisticated, subtle, richly documented, and wide-ranging.
L. Carl Brown
This is an important book... for those engaged in challenging the assumptions that lie behind this current 'war on terror'.
The New Crusades assmbles expert knowledges of some tangled historical roots... this work deserves as wide a readership as possible.
An insightful work.
Roxanne D. Marcotte
An important book at an important time in American social thought.
Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
Preface: A Tribute to Eqbal, by AhmadEmran QureshiIntroduction: Constructing the Muslim Enemy, by Emran Qureshi and Michael A. SellsPart I Palace Fundamentalism and Liberal Democracy, by Fatema MernissiThe Clash of Definitions, by Edward W. SaidThe Clash of Civilizations: Samuel P. Huntington, Bernard Lewis, and the Remaking of the Post-Cold War World Order, by John TrumpbourThe Clash of Civilizations: An Islamicist's Critique, by Roy P. MottahedehAmong the Mimics and Parasites: V. S. Naipaul's Islam, by Rob NixonIslamic and Western Worlds: The End of History or Clash of Civilizations, by Mujeeb R. KhanEurope and the Muslims: The Permanent Crusade?, by Tomaz¼ MastnakThe Myth of Westernness in Medieval Literary Historiography, by MarÌa Rosa MenocalIslamophobia in France and the "Algerian Problem", by Neil MacMasterThe Nationalist Serbian Intellectuals and Islam: Defining and Eliminating a Muslim Community, by Norman CigarChrist Killer, Kremlin, Contagion, by Michael A. SellsContributorsIndex