Project Empire: How Anti-Muslim Sentiment is Used to Justify Imperial Adventures

Samantha 2012/07/09 17:49:19
Deepa Kumar, author of "Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire," discusses the imperial roots of anti-Muslim sentiment and the rise of the anti-mosque movement.

The term “Islamophobia” became known to Americans after the September 11 attacks. Whether it was efforts on the left to combat anti-Muslim sentiment or efforts on the right to attack Muslim-Americans and deny that there was something called Islamophobia, the term was here to stay.

But if we only look at anti-Muslim sentiment post-9/11, we would miss a lot. In fact, as Deepa Kumar shows in her new book Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, set to be released next month, the production of Islamophobia has a long history. Generating anti-Muslim fervor was central to projects of empire-building in Europe and the United States. “This book is about the image of ‘Islam,’ that mythical creation conjured out of the needs of empire that has led even progressives to claim that Muslims are more violent than any other religious group,” Kumar writes in the introduction.

Alex Kane: Lay out for readers what your book is about and the argument you make.

Deepa Kumar: The book is about the image of the “Muslim enemy” and the way that it has been used by elites in the West to forward their interests. In the US, Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism assumed a prominent place in the public sphere after the events of 9/11. But what I show is that this form of racism is not new. So what the book sets out to do is to locate this ideology within the context from which it emerges. This context, I argue, at the broadest level, is empire. That is, Islamophobia has always been useful to imperial societies. So, the book begins with the crusades and the ways in which the “Muslim enemy” image was mobilized in the 11th century in Europe to advance larger political goals, and goes right up to the Obama era. In the late 18th and 19th centuries, which was the high point of European colonization of the Middle East and North Africa, you see a new body of ideas come into being called “Orientalism” that became the basis from which to justify colonization. Many of these Orientalist myths still persist today. So, the point of the book is to outline these continuities and to point to root causes and ways in which we can effectively fight back against Islamophobia.

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  • ducdodger 2012/07/09 20:13:21
    Its very simple anti muslim sentiment comes from muslim extremeists killing thousand of people for no reason and the rest of Islam sitting on their asses and not doing anything to stop the extrmeists.
  • Samantha ducdodger 2012/07/09 20:21:11
    Until fundamentalist Christians march in the streets denouncing Paul Hill, the murderer of George Tiller and terrorist Eric Rudolph, I'll continue to state that fundamentalist Christians appear to condone terrorist attacks against abortion providers/clinics as well as Olympic sites.
  • ducdodger Samantha 2012/07/09 20:28:09
    They don't have to he was tried and convicted by christians, unlike muslim extremeist who are celebrated by Islam. All you ahd to do was watch the videos from around the world after they killed thousands of people at the world trade center.
  • Samantha ducdodger 2012/07/09 22:45:50
    Of course, they have to; otherwise, one can say, very correctly, that fundamentalist Christians support that type of violence because they don't march in the streets denouncing it. Throughout history, Christians have killed millions of people. What's your point?
  • ducdodger Samantha 2012/07/11 21:07:23
    That may have happened in the early centuries, but now christian do far more good in the world than and was when the last time a christian stapped on a bomb and walked into a police station, wedding or school and killed innocent men women and children. I'll answer that for you never. I have seen fgar more christians condem the act of extremeist than have the muslims. In fact here in Columbia, Mo at the university of MO when the tower were attacked Muslim students cheered in class and had to be escorted out by the police for their own safety.
  • Samantha ducdodger 2012/07/11 21:31:44 (edited)
    Some Christians, today, bomb abortion clinics or kill abortion providers. Those are acts of terrorism and, to be frank, until I see Christian fundamentalists marching/protesting against these Christian terrorists, the only conclusion I can draw is that a great majority of fundamentalist Christians support terrorism against abortion clinics/providers.

    "In fact here in Columbia, Mo at the university of MO when the tower were attacked Muslim students cheered in class and had to be escorted out by the police for their own safety."

  • ducdodger Samantha 2012/07/11 21:45:23
    The Columbia Police Dept. You seem to be missing the point, Christiand continue to send these extremeist to trial and convict them, Last time I checked there hasn't been a single member of Al Quead, Hamas, PLO and the rest of the terroist alphabet soup, have been arrest and convicted by their people instead they are paid and treated like kings by fellow muslims. The differance between extreme christians and extemest Muslim is that, extremest christian will avoid killing innocent men womwn and children, where muslim strive to kill the innocent.
  • Samantha ducdodger 2012/07/11 23:09:14 (edited)
    Then, surely, if this occurred there would be news reports; I searched but couldn't find any. This is most likely an urban myth. I did find several news articles related to how difficult it was for Muslims in Missouri following 9/11.

    In the past, Saudi Arabia has executed terrorists. An extremist Christian killed George Tiller. Paul Hill murdered an abortion provider.
  • ducdodger Samantha 2012/07/12 01:36:02

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