Scapegoating Islam

Book titled Scapegoating Islam: Intolerance, Security, and the American Muslim

An examination of America’s post-9/11 approach toward homeland security, Islam, and Muslim Americans.

This book examines the impact of U.S. counterterrorism and homeland security policies on the nation’s security, the rights of U.S. citizens, and the lives of Muslim Americans. It also assesses public perceptions of Islam, including intolerance, discrimination, and anti-Muslim violence.

An underlying theme of the book is that securing the homeland and protecting civil rights are mutually reinforcing complements. Protecting the rights of Muslim Americans and other minority groups is central to safeguarding America’s democratic system. It is also crucial to fostering trust and cooperation between law enforcement and minority communities, who often play a critical role in countering violent extremism.

Key elements of the book include:

  • An analysis of domestic counterterrorism policies and their impact on Muslim Americans.
  • An exploration of American perceptions of Islam and public attitudes toward Muslim Americans.
  • An examination of trends in hate crimes and anti-Muslim violence before and after 9/11.
  • An assessment of community-based approaches to security, especially their effectiveness in countering violent extremism, strengthening counterterrorism policing, and protecting vulnerable minorities.

Published by Praeger.

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