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An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt

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'Islamophobia' is a term that has existed since the nineteenth century. But in recent decades, argues Pascal Bruckner in his controversial new book, it has become a weapon used to silence criticism of Islam. The term allows those who brandish it in the name of Islam to 'freeze' the latter, making reform difficult. Whereas Christianity and Judaism have been rejuvenated over ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Polity Press
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Murtaza
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This short book constitutes one of the more entertainingly condescending anti-Islam polemics. In the style of Paul Berman’s Terror and Liberalism, this is a “muscular liberalism” critique of both leftism and contemporary Islam. Like Berman, what Bruckner lacks in factual rigor or firsthand knowledge of his subject he makes up for (sort of) with dynamic writing, insults and some questionable literary citations. The end result is a thesis that is fatally undermined by its blind spots, though it ma ...more
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Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Is there such thing as Islamophobia?

Brilliantly written by a well-known French writer and philosopher, Pascal Bruckner has published scholarly work in the area of Islamo-fascism. He is highly analytical and skilled in describing the Muslim invasion of Europe in a historical context and the impact of modern-day immigrants from Asia and Africa.

The word “Islamophobia” was invented by Muslims that amalgamates two opposing concepts: the persecution of non-believers of Islam is acceptable
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Michael Michailidis
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For those familiar with the issues discussed there will be nothing new, and yet it is to those that the effect of this book will be the greatest. Because this collection of essays maps the entire moral landscape inside of which the debates concerning Islam and its place in the West should be held, and it does so in the most witty, the most elegant way that I have ever encountered.
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After studies at the university Paris I and Paris VII, and then at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, he became maître de conférences at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, and collaborator at the Nouvel Observateur.

Pascal Bruckner began writing in the vein of the so-called "nouveaux philosophes" and counts among their best known French proponents. He published Parias (Parias
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