Islamophobia What Christians should know (and do) about anti-Muslim discrimination

Jordan Denari Duffner

Book - 2021

This book argues that Christians, not Muslims, should be at the forefront of efforts to end Islamophobia. While focusing largely on American Islamophobia, the author also discusses the issue's international and historical roots and its connection to Christianity, before laying out a proposed Christian response to this insidious problem. Case studies and interviews are interwoven with multidisciplinary research to produce a compelling volume of interest to academics and lay audiences alike.

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Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books [2021]
Physical Description
xxxvi, 243 pages ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Jordan Denari Duffner (author)
  • Part I: What is Islamophobia? : an overview. More than fear : defining Islamophobia
  • The not-so-recent history of Islamophobia in the United States
  • Both sides : how Islamophobia spans the political spectrum and crosses the globe
  • More than Muslims : how Islamophobia intersects with other forms of prejudice
  • Under the surface : the Islamophobia we don't see
  • We should know better : thinking differently and uprooting stereotypes
  • Part II: Islamophobia and Christians, past and present. "In Vain Do They Worship Me" : Islamophobia among Christians today
  • Saints and sinners : the roots of contemporary Islamophobia in the history of Muslim-Christian relations
  • Part III: Crafting a Christian response to Islamophobia. "is No Fear in Love" : how our Christian tradition can guide us
  • Living out "Love of Neighbor" : what Christians can do about Islamophobia.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this impactful analysis, Duffner (Finding Jesus Among Muslims), a doctoral student in theology at Georgetown University, urges Christians to own up to and combat Islamophobia. The author, informed by her own Catholic faith and its robust "social teaching," positions Islamophobia as both a social justice and a religious freedom issue. She provides an informed introduction to Islamophobia, tracing "waves of worsening" anti-Muslim rhetoric in American politics, rising numbers of attacks against Muslims, and xenophobic language from Christian pulpits. Particularly powerful are stories of Muslims being disparaged, abused, or otherwise discriminated against in Christian contexts—such as the Islamophobic chain email that inspired her to write this book—that offer "tragic and tangible evidence" of an Islamophobia that is often invisible to or ignored by most Christians. Duffner calls Christians to confront Islamophobia by speaking out against it, using one's "insider status" to help Muslim neighbors in need, and admitting personal biases. This affecting testament and call to action will persuade any Christian to practice love for their neighbors, regardless of their faith. (May) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

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"This book discusses the international and historical roots of Islamophobia and its connection to Christianity and lays out a proposed Christian response"--