Rowman and Littlefield International

Understanding Islam and the West

By Nathan Lean

Publication Date: Feb 2018

Pages 320

Hardback 9781786602091
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As the world’s second-largest faith and by some accounts the most fast-growing, Islam is often at the forefront of intense public conversation in debates about politics, international relations, globalization, modern society and culture.

From the rise of ISIS and revolutions in North Africa and Middle East to more tempered discussions about what it means to be a Muslim in the West and foreign policy making, this student focused textbook, unpacks how we talk about and represent Islam, its place in and relationship to “the West”.

Supported by an accessible introduction, real-world case studies, a glossary of terms and discussion points at the end of each chapter, Nathan lean offers students a comprehensive and alternative framework to Islam and the West in the 21st Century
Preface / Glossary of key terms / Chronology / Introduction: Historical Overview / Part I: Identity Politics / 1. Reversing Rhetorical Foundations / 2. From Prose to Policy: A Discourse of Dualism/ 3. Foreign Enemy, Domestic Threat / Part II: Religion, Language and Society / 4. Imagining the “Other”/ 5. The (mis)appropriation of Arabic Words / Part III: Clash of Representations Post 9/11 / 6. The new “ism” enemy: Islamism / 7. Moderate Muslims / 8. Islamic representations of the West in the media / Conclusion
Nathan Lean is a writer and scholar of religion, Islamophobia, and Muslim-Christian relations. His work has been featured widely in academic and popular outlets, including in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, the New Republic, and CNN, among others. He has also appeared as a commentator on television and radio. He is the author of The Islamophobia Industry (Pluto Press), a Highly Recommended title by Choice.

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