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The Politics of Islamophobia

The Politics of Islamophobia 613304 SREXXX10.1177/2332649215613304Sociology of Race and EthnicityBook Reviews research-article2015 Book Reviews Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2016, Vol. 2(1) 120 –124 © American Sociological Association 2015 sre.sagepub.com Race, Power and Fantasy David Tyrer The Politics of Islamophobia: Race, Power and Fantasy. London: Pluto, 2013. 208 pp. $35.00. ISBN 9780745331317 Reviewed by: Saher Selod, Simmons College DOI: 10.1177/2332649215613304 Islamophobia has been widely understood as a fear as Muslim is evidence that Muslims are understood as of Islam and therefore largely understood to be about racial. The misrecognition of a Sikh as a Muslim chal- religious discrimination. In the years since 9/11, lenges the assumption that Muslims are racially invis- there has been a growing body of scholarship on ible. Instead, this misrecognition is a result of the Islamophobia, as the war on terror persists globally. fantasy that Muslims are ever present and ready to One of the main critiques of these studies is their fail- Islamicize Western spaces. Thus, the misrecognition ure to recognize Islamophobia as a form of racism of a Sikh as a Muslim shows how Muslims are not against Muslims. Reducing Islamophobia to a fear of recognized by their “racial” classification (e.g., as religion ignores how Muslim bodies http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sociology of Race and Ethnicity SAGE

The Politics of Islamophobia

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity , Volume 2 (1): 2 – Jan 1, 2016

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613304 SREXXX10.1177/2332649215613304Sociology of Race and EthnicityBook Reviews research-article2015 Book Reviews Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 2016, Vol. 2(1) 120 –124 © American Sociological Association 2015 sre.sagepub.com Race, Power and Fantasy David Tyrer The Politics of Islamophobia: Race, Power and Fantasy. London: Pluto, 2013. 208 pp. $35.00. ISBN 9780745331317 Reviewed by: Saher Selod, Simmons College DOI: 10.1177/2332649215613304 Islamophobia has been widely understood as a fear as Muslim is evidence that Muslims are understood as of Islam and therefore largely understood to be about racial. The misrecognition of a Sikh as a Muslim chal- religious discrimination. In the years since 9/11, lenges the assumption that Muslims are racially invis- there has been a growing body of scholarship on ible. Instead, this misrecognition is a result of the Islamophobia, as the war on terror persists globally. fantasy that Muslims are ever present and ready to One of the main critiques of these studies is their fail- Islamicize Western spaces. Thus, the misrecognition ure to recognize Islamophobia as a form of racism of a Sikh as a Muslim shows how Muslims are not against Muslims. Reducing Islamophobia to a fear of recognized by their “racial” classification (e.g., as religion ignores how Muslim bodies

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Published: Jan 1, 2016

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