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    • November 2003
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The New Crusades

Constructing the Muslim Enemy

Edited by Emran Qureshi and Michael A. Sells

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.

About the Author

Emran Qureshi is an independent scholar and freelance journalist. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Washington Post, and the Guardian Weekly. He resides in Ottawa, where he is working on his next book, a study of Islam and human rights.Michael A. Sells is Emily Judson Baugh and John Marshall Guest Professor of Comparative Religion at Haverford College. He is the author of more than sixty articles and seven books, including Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations and The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia.

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.

Max Weiss

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