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HUMAN ARCHITECTURE
Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge


Volume VIII • Issue 2 • Fall 2010

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Islam: From Phobia to Understanding

Proceedings of the International Conference on "Debating Islamophobia" Co-organized by Casa Árabe-IEAM (www.casaarabe.es) and the Program of Comparative Ethnic Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies at U.C. Berkeley Madrid, Spain, May 28–29, 2009
—In Celebration of Nasr Abu Zayd (1943–2010)

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston

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Issue Co-Editors:
Ramón Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley / Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, and
Gema Martín-Muñoz, Casa Árabe-IEAM and Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

This Fall 2010 (VIII, 2) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge, entitled "Islam: From Phobia to Understanding," includes the proceedings of an international conference on “Debating Islamophobia,” co-organized by the issue co-editors in Madrid, Spain, in May 2009. Beginning with the lead article by the late Nasr Abu-Zayd (1943-2010) from which the title of the issue is adopted, and to whose author this collection is dedicated in celebration of his life and work, the papers explore the nature and meaning of Islamophobia and its diverse unfolding in specific national and historical contexts. The covered themes are: "Religions: From Phobia to Understanding," "Unconscious Islamophobia," "Epistemic Islamophobia and Colonial Social Sciences," "Islamophobia: a French Specificity in Europe?," "Terror and the Politics of Containment: Analysing the Discourse of the ‘War on Terror’ and its Workings of Power" "Fundamentally Danish? The Muhammad Cartoon Crisis as Transitional Drama," "Historiographic Narratives: The Discourse Strategies for Constructing Expellable “Moorish” Subjects," "Islamophobia and Sexism: Muslim Women in the Western Mass Media," "Discrepancies Around the Use of the Term 'Islamophobia,'" and "The Homelessness of Muslimness: The Muslim Umma as a Diaspora." The publication is an academic contribution to the study of Islamophobia, a tool for social researchers and useful to overcome the prejudices and institutional barriers that produce second-class citizens at the heart of Western Europe. Contributors include: Ramón Grosfoguel (also as journal issue guest editor), Gema Martín-Muñoz (also as journal issue guest editor), Nasr Abu-Zayd, Vincent Geisser, Farish A. Noor, Heiko Henkel, José María Perceval, Laura Navarro, Javier Rosón Lorente, S. Sayyid, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal's Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR's homepage.


Contents
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Islam: From Phobia to Understanding

vii—Editor’s Note: Exploring Islamophobia in the Spirit of the Late Nasr Abu-Zayd
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

1—Introduction: Debating Islamophobia
Issue Co-Editors: Ramón Grosfoguel and Gema Martín-Muñoz

5—Religions: From Phobia to Understanding
Nasr Abu-Zayd, The University of Humanistics, Utrecht, The Netherlands

21—Unconscious Islamophobia
Gema Martín-Muñoz, Casa Árabe-IEAM and Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain

29—Epistemic Islamophobia and Colonial Social Sciences
Ramón Grosfoguel, University of California, Berkeley • Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris

39—Islamophobia: a French Specificity in Europe?
Vincent Geisser, Research Institute on the Arabic and Muslim World, and
Center for Information Studies on the International Immigrations, Paris

47—Terror and the Politics of Containment: Analysing the Discourse of the ‘War on Terror’ and its Workings of Power
Farish A. Noor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) and
Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore

67—Fundamentally Danish? The Muhammad Cartoon Crisis as Transitional Drama
Heiko Henkel, Copenhagen University, Denmark

83—Historiographic Narratives: The Discourse Strategies for Constructing Expellable “Moorish” Subjects
José María Perceval, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

95—Islamophobia and Sexism: Muslim Women in the Western Mass Media
Laura Navarro, University Paris 8, France

115—Discrepancies Around the Use of the Term “Islamophobia”
Javier Rosón Lorente, Casa Árabe-IEAM, Spain

129—The Homelessness of Muslimness: The Muslim Umma as a Diaspora
S. Sayyid, University of Leeds, UK