Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West
A new book to be launched at the University of Western Sydney next week will explore the Muslim experience in the West over the past decade, and argue the rise of Islamophobia constitutes the first global moral panic.
"So the building of a mosque in Manhattan or a ban on the hijab in France may resonate with popular fears in distant societies like Australia."
The book chapters explore the influence of Islamophobia in various settings:
- Dr Selda Dagistanli, from the University of Western Sydney, and Dr Kiran Grewal, from the University of Sydney, investigate the coverage of gang rape cases in France and Australia.
- Ryan Al Natour and Dr George Morgan from the University of Western Sydney, examine the establishment of an Islamic school in Camden, New South Wales.
- Dr Bruce Cohen and Dr Catharina Muhamad-Brandner, from the University of Auckland, explore incidents of playground violence against Muslims in Germany.
- Professor Kevin Dunn and Alanna Kamp, from the University of Western Sydney, examine the Lindsay leaflet scandal, where Liberal Party volunteers attempted to sway voters with an Islamaphobic fear campaign.
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8 October 2012
Contact: Mark Smith, Media Officer