1st Edition

Islamophobia and Surveillance Genealogies of a Global Order

Edited By James Renton Copyright 2019
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    The War on Terror has established a new global order of political structures, legislation, and technologies designed to spy on the world’s Muslims. This book explains the origins and trajectories of this political system.

    The contributors argue that a constellation of Western ideas about Muslims have evolved over time to produce an insatiable desire for all-pervasive, ever-expanding surveillance in our contemporary moment. The book posits that the surveillance order is not, however, only the result of conceptions of Muslims. It is, rather, the outcome of centuries of European thought regarding religion, governance, and revolution. Islamophobia and Surveillance traverses the existential desire for wakeful vigilance, the religious wars of early modern Europe, colonial India, the Balkan frontier of the EU, and the walls of the United States-Mexico border.

    The consequences of the new surveillance order transcend the West’s Muslim Question and threaten the very existence of the liberal democratic state. This book will, therefore, be of interest to those studying a range of subjects related to international co-operation, modern political systems, and security studies, as well as Islamophobia. Islamophobia and Surveillance was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.

    Introduction: The global order of Muslim surveillance and its thought architecture

    James Renton

    1. Oversight

    Gil Anidjar

    2. The figure of the fanatic: a rebel against Christian sovereignty

    James Renton

    3. Good Jew, bad Jew…good Muslim, bad Muslim: "managing" Europe’s others

    Anya Topolski

    4. The picture, the parable, the performance and the sword: secularism’s demographic imperatives

    Rashna Darius Nicholson

    5. Arab others at European borders: racializing religion and refugees along the Balkan Route

    Piro Rexhepi

    6. Islamophobia and the making of Latinos/as into terrorist threats

    Luis A. Romero and Amina Zarrugh


    James Renton is Professor of History at Edge Hill University, UK, and Academic Advisor at MONITOR Global Intelligence on Racism at the European University Institute. He is the co-editor, with Ben Gidley, of Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe: A Shared Story? (2017).