Islamophobia and Racism in America


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New York University Press
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5.9 X 9.0 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Erik Love is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.


"In Islamophobia and Racism in America, Erik Love traces the roots and practices of discriminatory images and policies against South Asian, Muslim, Middle Eastern and Sikh communities. Especially in todays political climate, his book is a necessary reminder that Americans must understand the context in which Islamophobia developed and the role it plays today."--Deepa Iyer, author of We Too Sing America
"Poses crucial questions about the future of race and activism in America . . . Through extensive historical and sociological research, Love sets out to map the ecosystem of organizations claiming to speak for Middle Eastern Americans, and interrogates their use (or lack thereof) of race based language, organizing, and advocacy strategies."--Muftah
"Islamophobia and Racism offers a necessarily startling and chilling view of the pervasiveness ofIslamophobia and the effectiveness of the state in co-opting and fettering the language of advocacy in the United States...Love's work is effective, insightful, and pulsing with urgency and compassion."--Mashriq Mahjar Journal
"Love's book successfully highlights the co-constitution of race and religion in relation to Islamophobia and the radicalization of Muslims ... both because its specificity to the phenomenon of Islamophobia and its generalizability to racism in America, Love's research is both timely and timeless, significant for sociologist and others alike."--Sociology of Religion
"Invaluable for its detailed chronicle of Muslim-American activism and its careful attention to the fascinating complexities, dilemmas, and paradoxes of racial identity."--Pacific Standard
"Islamophobia and Racism in America makes contributions to the sociology of race, immigration, and advocacy movements. It also provides a valuable perspective to an important and timely topic by viewing Middle Eastern American rights through the lens of racial struggles in American history. The in-depth interviews of civil rights advocates in the six major organizations offer valuable inside views of the lessons of the advocacy movement. It is an accessible book for graduate and undergraduate students, as the text is easy to follow."--American Journal of Sociology
"An important look at the rise of Islamophobia in the United States and the activists who work to fight it."--Mehdi Bozorgmehr, author of Backlash 9/11: Middle Eastern and Muslim Americans Respond
"Wedding institutional analysis with rigorous empirical research, Love shows how Middle Eastern American political identity was born at the intersection of state policy and societal hostility. Original, timely, and chillingly lucid, this work falls within the best traditions of sociology, critical race theory, and institutional history."--Hisham Aidi, author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture
"As scholars and students grapple with how to understand the role of race in the situation of Muslim Americans, the book provides a dynamic historical account and a forceful argument about race and advocacy that will nourish productive and thoughtful debate among scholars and in the classroom."--Mobilization