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CONSTRUCTING THE TERRORIST THREAT: Islamophobia, the Media and the War on Terror
Deepa Kumar, one of the nation’s foremost scholars on Islamophobia, traces how Muslims have become the predominant face of terror in U.S. news and entertainment media -- even though terror attacks by homegrown right-wing extremists have far outnumbered attacks by Muslims since 9/11.
Digging deep into history, Kumar offers a sweeping analysis of the changing views of Islam and Muslims in the West, examining the ways that ruling elites have long used the specter of a "Muslim enemy" to justify their imperial projects. And she shows how this increasingly menacing view of Islam has shaped public opinion and foreign policy in the United States over time.
Moving from the terror attacks at the Munich Olympics and the Iran-Hostage Crisis in the 1970s, to 9/11 and the start of the "war on terror", to the rise of Isis today, Kumar explores how American media discourse has cultivated irrational fears of Muslims over a period of decades. And she presents facts and a wealth data in response, expertly exposing and debunking the most deep-seated myths about Muslims and Islam that have taken root in the American imagination.
Given the current political moment, CONSTRUCTING THE TERRORIST THREAT couldn’t be more timely and important.