Rowman and Littlefield International

Understanding Islam and the West

By Nathan Lean

Publication Date: Mar 2018

Pages 240

Hardback 9781786602091
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Paperback 9781786602107
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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 21
st 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’s publish Understanding Islam and the West is a smart, timely, and accessible volume that takes on issues of ultimate urgency in our public discourse. Lean navigates issues of corporate media, Islamophobia, “clash of civilization” discourse, and cartoonish representations of Islamism and Shari’a. A democracy cannot thrive unless its citizens are well-educated. Nathan Lean’s book is a key contribution, and is highly recommended for students, scholars, members of the media, and policy makers.
Omid Safi, Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center
Nathan Lean pulls no punches in interrogating the “Islam and the West” binary that many well-meaning scholars and commentators inadvertently perpetuate. Understanding Islam and the West is both a brilliant refutation of this divisive discourse and a constructive response to it.
Todd Green, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College
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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