Islamophobia as a Form of Radicalisation

Perspectives on Media, Academia and Socio-political Scapes from Europe and Canada

Edited by Leen d’Haenens and Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

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Foundations and mechanisms of Islamophobia in the West.
Islamophobia as a Form of Radicalisation discusses the scope and fragmented boundaries of Islamophobia as a concept and a sociopolitical reality. The fifteen chapters of this collection cover and connect interdisciplinary research, media content analysis, media discourse analysis, ethnographic research, intersectoral advocacy work, and action research conducted in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. Confronted with an Islamophobia that is growing as a symptom of broader societal malaise in the West, a resistance against it is also arising. It is now a question of better understanding the foundations and mechanisms of this metasolidarity and resistance. Islamophobia as a Form of Radicalisation offers recommendations for urgent consideration by Muslim citizens of Canada and Europe, media professionals, civil society and academic stakeholders, policymakers at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Contributors: Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada (Laval University), Alexander Van Leuven (KU Leuven), Alfonso Corral (San Jorge University), Alfredo Brant (Catholic University of Portugal), Anna Flora Machado (Catholic University of Portugal), Anabelle Vanier-Clément (SHERPA University Institute), Ann Trappers (Foyer VZW), Ans De Nolf (KU Leuven), Antonio Prieto-Andrés (San Jorge University), Ashley S. Montgomery (Concordia University), Camila Arêas (University of Reunion), Cayetano Fernández (San Jorge University), Cécile Rousseau (McGill University), Colin Robineau (University of Reunion), David De Coninck (KU Leuven), Erkan Toguslu (KU Leuven), Helena Cruz Ventura (University Institute of Lisbon), Jennifer A. Selby (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador), Jihène Hichri (Université du Québec à Montreal), Joanna Sozańska (Warsaw School of Economics), Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska (Warsaw School of Economics), Leen d’Haenens (KU Leuven), Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar (European University Viadrina Frankfurt Oder), Rawda Harb (Concordia University), Salam El-Majzoub (McGill University), Sobia Shaheen Shaikh (Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador), Stefan Mertens (KU Leuven), Vivek Venkatesh (Concordia University)

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1 Islamophobia as a Form of Violent Radicalisation 
Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada & Leen d’Haenens

2 The Mutual Antagonism between Sharia for Europe and Anti-Islam Far-Right Networks
Erkan Toguslu & Leen d’Haenens

3 Building Blocks of Polish Islamophobia: The Case of Polish Youth 
Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska & Joanna Sozańska

4 The Political and Intellectual Discourse on Islam and Muslims in Flanders 
Alexander Van Leuven, Stefan Mertens, Leen d’Haenens & Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

5 Islamophobia in Germany, Still a Debate? 
Luis Manuel Hernández Aguilar

6 Islamophobia in the Media in the Province of Québec, Canada : A Corpus-Assisted Critical Discourse Analysis
Vivek Venkatesh, Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada, Jihène Hichri, Rawda Harb & Ashley Montgomery

7 The Veil in France: Twenty Years of Media Coverage (1989–2010) 
Camila Arêas & Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

8 From Pen to Perception: Does News Reporting Advance Terrorists’ Agendas? 
Stefan Mertens, David De Coninck & Leen d’Haenens

9 Islamophobia in the Portuguese Opinion Press
Camila Arêas, Alfredo Brant, Ana Flora Machado, Colin Robineau, Helena Cruz Ventura & Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

10 Islamophobia and Far-Right Parties in Spain: The ‘Vox’ Discourse on Twitter 
Alfonso Corral, Cayetano Fernández & Antonio Prieto-Andrés

11 Coping with Islamophobia: (Social) Media, a Double-Edged Sword 
Ans De Nolf, Leen d’Haenens & Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada

12 Safe Spaces and Sensitive Issues : Towards an Emic Understanding of Radicalisation
Alexander Van Leuven & Ann Trappers

13 ‘Wait, What?! Islamophobia Exists in Newfoundland and Labrador?’ : Theorising Polite Dismissal of Anti-Islamophobia Public Engagement
Sobia Shaheen Shaikh & Jennifer A. Selby

14 Muslim Communities and the Covid-19 Pandemic : The Complex Faces of Protection
Salam El-Majzoub, Anabelle Vanier-Clément & Cécile Rousseau

15 From Media and Pseudo-Scholarly Islamophobia in Post 9/11 Moral Panic to ‘Meta-Solidarity’
Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada & Leen d’Haenens

Notes on Contributors

Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

272 pages

ISBN: 9789461665096

Publication: February 27, 2023

Languages: English


Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada is full professor in anthropology of mental health and anthropology of Islam at Laval University in Quebec.
Leen d’Haenens is full professor in communication science at the Institute for Media Studies at KU Leuven.