The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Hatred of Muslims

Nathan Lean

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This is a disturbing account of the campaign to promote fear and hatred of Muslims in the United States and Europe, from the 'War on Terror' to Trump's travel ban.

Nathan Lean takes us through a world of conservative bloggers, right-wing talk show hosts, evangelical religious leaders and politicians, united in their efforts to demonise Muslims as the new enemy of Western civilization. Lean uncovers their scare tactics, traces their sources of funding and exposes the ideologies that drive their lucrative propaganda machine.

This second edition includes new material on the Trump campaign and presidency, tracking the rise to power of some of the Islamophobia Industry's most extreme figures. Writers from Breitbart, liberal anti-Muslim campaigners such as Bill Maher, and Trump-influencers such as Steve Bannon, Newt Gingrich and John Bolton are all put in the spotlight. This shocking and enlightening book is now more relevant than ever.



"This book performs a true service for the nation" Glenn Greenwald, lawyer, journalist and author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State

"A brave and provocative book ... Highly recommended" CHOICE

"This concise, accessible and illuminating book meets one of the most urgent needs of our time ... required reading" –Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God, Islam: A Short History and Muhammad

"This book exposes the dirty secrets of those who try to manipulate public opinion against Muslims. It should be read by everyone who values truth and intercultural understanding" Mark Juergensmeyer, Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence

"A book of immense importance for our times" Reza Aslan, author of No God But God and Beyond Fundamentalism

"In this provocative and engaging book, Nathan Lean meticulously untangles the dense web of fear merchants that have made Muslim bashing a cottage industry. Lean's is a battle against Islamophobia, one that he wages with a seamless and compelling narrative." Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World

"A lucid and detailed examination of the dark side of our politics. No one should take comfort from his conclusions about the outsized influence of extremists on our mainstream culture" –Richard Wolffe, MSNBC political analyst and author of Renegade: The Making of a President
Nathan Lean is the author of 'The Islamophobia Industry' and a scholar of religion. He is a leading voice on the issue of anti-Muslim prejudice, and previously worked at Georgetown University's Bridge Initiative as the Director of Research. Nathan is also the author of 'Understanding Islam and the West: Critical Skills for Students,' among other works. He is a frequent media commentator, and his writing has been featured in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, Salon, Slate, CNN, the Christian Science Monitor, and the New York Daily News.

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