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Palgrave Macmillan

Re-Imagining the Other

Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections

ISBN 9781137403650
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The twenty-first century exploded into the global imagination with unforgettable scenes of death and destruction. An apocalyptic 'clash of civilizations' seemed to be waged between two old foes - 'the West' and 'Islam.' However, the decade-long and ruinous 'war on terror' has prompted re-assessments of the militaristic approach to Western-Muslim relations. A growing number of academics, policymakers, religious leaders, journalists, and activists view the struggles as resulting from a 'clash of ignorance.' Re-imagining the Other examines the ways in which knowledge is manipulated by dominant Western and Muslim discourses. Authors from several disciplines study how the two societies have constructed images of each other in historical and contemporary times. The complexities and subtleties of their mutually productive relationship are overshadowed by portrayals of unremitting clash, thus serving as encouragement for the promotion of war and terrorism. The book proposes specific approaches to re-imagine the Other in order to mitigate Western-Muslim conflict.

Mahmoud Eid is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Canada. He has published several books about communication, media ethics, terrorism, political decision-making, race and representations, and research methods.

Karim H. Karim is Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam and Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Canada. He is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning author who has written extensively about media depictions, diasporic communication, and Muslims in Western societies.

Preface; Mahmoud Eid and Karim H. Karim ix
Introduction: Imagining the Other; Karim H. Karim and Mahmoud Eid
1. Religion and Civilization; Jack Goody
2. On the Eve of the Napoleonic Invasion: Arab Perceptions of the World; Nabil Matar
3. Through Tinted Lenses: Iranian and Western Perceptions and Reconstructions of the Other; Mohammad R. Ghanoonparvar
4. The Clash of Civilizations 2.0: Race and Eurocentrism, Imperialism, and Anti-Imperialism; John M. Hobson
5. Perceptions about Muslims in Western Societies; Mahmoud Eid
6. A Clash of Discourses: Femicides or Honor Killings? Yasmin Jiwani
7. Islamic, Islamist, Moderate, Extremist: Imagining the Muslim Self and the Muslim Other; Karim H. Karim
8, Religious Conflict, Empire-Building, and the Imagined Other; Richard Rubenstein
9. Translating Otherness; Salah Basalamah
Conclusion: Re-Imagining the Other; Karim H. Karim and Mahmoud Eid

Salah Basalamah, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mahmoud Eid, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mohammad R. Ghanoonparvar, the University of Texas at Austin, USA
Jack Goody, University of Cambridge, UK
John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield, UK
Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University, Canada
Karim H. Karim, Carleton University, Canada
Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota, USA
Richard Rubenstein, George Mason University, USA


"As the world contemplates the consequences of a global 'war on terror' that often positions predominantly Judeo-Christian Western societies against their Muslim counterparts, and as social and mass media bring to our collective consciousness horrific murders committed by terrorists purporting to act in the name of Islam, Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections (2014) is a timely and welcome intellectual intervention. [...] [F]eaturing a collection of thought-provoking chapters written by well-known critical scholars, the book is informed by the position that a 'clash of ignorance' rather than a 'clash of civilizations' thesis better explains contemporary conflicts between Western and Muslim societies, which increasingly find expression in violence and social exclusion. [...] [This volume] speaks eloquently to the deep structure of the clash of ignorance and its ramifications for Western-Muslim relations; that is its strength and why it is a must-read. [...] [It] makes a significant contribution to critical scholarship on Western-Muslim relations, especially how mass mediatized narrative (re)productions inform these relations. Accordingly, this book is strongly recommended especially for graduate and senior undergraduate critical media studies courses" Felix Odartey-Wellington, University of Ottawa, Canada, Global Media Journal, Canadian Edition
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