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Islamophobia in Britain

The Making of a Muslim Enemy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Leonie B. Jackson
    Pages 1-29
  3. Leonie B. Jackson
    Pages 85-113
  4. Leonie B. Jackson
    Pages 115-144
  5. Leonie B. Jackson
    Pages 145-174
  6. Leonie B. Jackson
    Pages 175-194
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-197

About this book


This book is concerned with the ideology of Islamophobia as a cultural racism, and argues that in order to understand its prevalence we must focus not only on what Islamophobia is, but also why diversely situated individuals and groups choose to employ its narratives and tropes. Since 2001, Muslims in Britain have been constructed as the nation’s significant ‘other’ – an internal and external enemy that threatened both social cohesion and national security.

 Through a consideration of a number of pertinent contemporary issues, including no-mosque campaigns, the rise of anti-Islamist social movements and the problematisation of Muslim culture, this book offers a new understanding of Islamophobia as a form of Eurocentric spatial dominance, in which those identified as Western receive a better social, economic and political ‘racial contract’, and seek to defend these privileges against real and imagined Muslim demands.


Urban identity politics Anti-Muslim racism Far-right extremism Nationalism English Defence League

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Leonie B. Jackson is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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