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New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy

by Emran Qureshi and Michael A Sells Columbia University Press
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The New Crusades explores the historical, political, and institutional forces that have raised the specter of a threatening and monolithic Muslim enemy. Bringing together twelve of the most influential thinkers in Middle Eastern and religious studies -including Edward Said, Roy Mottahedeh, and Fatema Mernissi -this timely collection confronts stereotyped depictions of the Arab-Islamic world, offering instead an informed, critical, and realistic study of contemporary Islam.

Preface: A Tribute to Eqbal, by AhmadEmran Qureshi
Introduction: Constructing the Muslim Enemy, by Emran Qureshi and Michael A. Sells
Part I
Palace Fundamentalism and Liberal Democracy, by Fatema Mernissi
The Clash of Definitions, by Edward W. Said
The Clash of Civilizations: Samuel P. Huntington, Bernard Lewis, and the Remaking of the Post-Cold War World Order, by John Trumpbour
The Clash of Civilizations: An Islamicist's Critique, by Roy P. Mottahedeh
Among the Mimics and Parasites: V. S. Naipaul's Islam, by Rob Nixon
Islamic and Western Worlds: The End of History or Clash of Civilizations, by Mujeeb R. Khan
Europe and the Muslims: The Permanent Crusade?, by TomazĀ¼ Mastnak
The Myth of Westernness in Medieval Literary Historiography, by MarÌa Rosa Menocal
Islamophobia in France and the "Algerian Problem", by Neil MacMaster
The Nationalist Serbian Intellectuals and Islam: Defining and Eliminating a Muslim Community, by Norman Cigar
Christ Killer, Kremlin, Contagion, by Michael A. Sells

An important book at an important time in American social thought.
Emran Qureshi is an independent scholar and freelance journalist. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Washington Post, and the Guardian Weekly. He resides in Ottawa, where he is working on his next book, a study of Islam and human rights.Michael A. Sells is Emily Judson Baugh and John Marshall Guest Professor of Comparative Religion at Haverford College. He is the author of more than sixty articles and seven books, including Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations and The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia.