This volume locates the contemporary study of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia squarely within the fields of race and racism. As such, it challenges the extent to which discussion of the racialization of these minorities remains unrelated to each other, or is explored in distinct silos as a series of internal debates. By harnessing the explanatory power of long-established organizing concepts within the study of race and racism, this collection of articles makes a historically informed, theoretical and empirical contribution to aligning these analytical pursuits.
The collection brings together a range of perspectives on this subject, including a comparison between Islamophobia in early modern Spain and twenty-first century Europe, an examination of the ‘new anti-Semitism’, and an analysis of online anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic jokes.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Introduction: Racialization and religion: race, culture and difference in the study of Antisemitism and Islamophobia Nasar Meer 1. Faith, culture and fear: comparing Islamophobia in early modern Spain and twenty-first-century Europe François Soyer 2. ‘Islamophobia never stands still’: race, religion, and culture Raymond Taras 3. Anti-Semitism in Britain: continuity and the absence of a resurgence? Tony Kushner 4. Folk devils and racist imaginaries in a global prism: Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the twenty-first century Pnina Werbner 5. Interrogating ‘new anti-Semitism’ Brian Klug 6. A rhetorical discourse analysis of online anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic jokes Simon Weaver 7. Semantics, scales and solidarities in the study of antisemitism and Islamophobia Nasar Meer
Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. The books in this series are based on special issues of Ethnic and Racial Studies, the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. Expert authors and editors present interdisciplinary research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.