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Teaching Against Islamophobia

Kincheloe, Joe L. / Steinberg, Shirley R. / Stonebanks, Christopher D. (eds.)

Teaching Against Islamophobia

Series: Counterpoints - Volume 346

Year of Publication: 2010

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XII, 336 pp., num. ill.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0808-2 hardback  (Hardcover)
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Weight: 0.690 kg, 1.521 lbs

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Book synopsis

As corporate and governmental agencies march us towards global conflict, racism, and imperialism, this book contends that teachers must have the tools with which to combat unilateral politicization of Arabic and Muslim peoples. Teaching Against Islamophobia creates a pedagogical space for educators to engage with necessary issues and knowledges regarding the alienation of Islamic culture, religion, knowledge, and peoples.
Edited by a WASP, a Jew, and an Iranian, this book confronts the fears, challenges, and institutional problems facing today’s teachers. Taking its cue from critical pedagogy, this book is a collection of essays by artists, writers, performers, and educators committed to naming the insidious racism and hatred of those who would isolate and vilify Islam.

Contents

Contents: Joe L. Kincheloe/Shirley R. Steinberg: Why Teach against Islamophobia: Striking the Empire Back – Christopher D. Stonebanks: The Inescapable Presence of ‘Non-existent’ Islamophobia – Khurrum Mirza/Naved Bakali: Islam: The Fundamentals Every Teacher Should Know – Hassan Ahmad Mian: What Is Islam? A Conversation with the Magisterial Intellectuals of the Past – Shirley R. Steinberg: Islamophobia: The Viewed and the Viewers – Jehanzeb Dar: Holy Islamophobia, Batman! Demonization of Muslims and Arabs in Mainstream American Comic Books – Özlem Sensoy: «Mad Man Hassan Will Buy Your Carpets!»: The Bearded Curricula of Evil Muslims – Michael D. Giardina: Barack Obama, Islamophobia, and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Media Spectacle – Preacher Moss: The Undercover Muslim: An African American Perspective on Transitions of Muslim Identity – Samaa Abdurraqib: Faith or Fight: Islam in the African American Community – Younes Mourchid: The Dialectics of Islamophobia and Homophobia in the Lives of Gay Muslims in the United States – Awad Ibrahim: «Yes, My Name is Ibrahim and I Am an Atheist!» Confessing Asrar: Atheism, Arts, Answerability, Imagination and the Muslim You Have Never Known – Habib Siam: Know the Ledge but Don’t Hit the Edge: Building with the God Jahmega Allah – Yassin Alsalman: Pieces of Iman: The Pilgrimage Home – Carolyne Ali-Khan: Common Sense, Uncommon Knowledge and Fighting Words – Anastasia Kamanos Gamelin: Footnotes on Reflective Practice – Fida Sanjakdar: A Frank Intercourse: Combating Islamophobia in Sex Education – Krista Riley: A Bifocal Lens on Islamophobia: Using Young Adult Fiction as a Teaching Tool – Sevak Manjikian: Teaching Islamic Themes at the College Level – Melanie Stonebanks: «How Do You Expect Me to Teach This without Any Resources?»

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Joe L. Kincheloe (1950-2008) was the author of over 55 books and hundreds of articles. His most recent book was Knowledge and Critical Pedagogy. His research/teaching involved devising and engaging students in new, more intellectually rigorous, socially just ways of analyzing and researching education. He developed an evolving notion of criticality that constructed innovative ways to cultivate the intellect as it worked in anti-oppressive and affectively engaging ways. With Shirley R. Steinberg, Joe founded the Paulo and Nita Freire International Project for Critical Pedagogy, which aims to improve the contribution that education makes to social justice and the democratic quality of people’s lives.
Shirley R. Steinberg is the author and editor of many books in critical pedagogy, urban and youth culture, and cultural studies, her most recent include: 19 Urban Questions: Teaching in the City, Second Edition (2010); Diversity and Multiculturalism: A Reader (2009); Media Literacy: A Reader (2007); the award-winning Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia; with Joe L. Kincheloe, Christotainment: Selling Jesus Through Popular Culture (2009); Kinderculture: The Corporate Construction of Childhood (2010, 2004); and The Miseducation of the West: How Schools and Media Distort Our Understanding of the Islam World (2004). She directs freireproject.org. She is presently teaching at McGill University.
Christopher D. Stonebanks is Associate Professor of Education and currently the Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Bishop’s University. Raised in North America of mixed Iranian-European descent, he often brings the experience of living life as the Other to his teaching, research, and writing. Recent publications explore the failings of mainstream multiculturalism to recognize the continued prejudices regarding Muslims and those commonly associated with Islam. He is the author of James Bay Cree Students and Higher Education (2008), and co-editor (with Ozlem Sensoy) of Muslim Voices in School (2009).

Series

Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Vol. 346
General Editor: Shirley R. Steinberg