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Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections (Hardback)
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Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections (Hardback)

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Hardback 250 Pages / Published: 24/07/2014
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The twenty-first century exploded into the global imagination with unforgettable scenes of death and destruction. An apocalyptic 'clash of civilizations' seemed to be waged between two old foes - 'the West' and 'Islam.' However, the decade-long and ruinous 'war on terror' has prompted re-assessments of the militaristic approach to Western-Muslim relations. A growing number of academics, policymakers, religious leaders, journalists, and activists view the struggles as resulting from a 'clash of ignorance.' Re-imagining the Other examines the ways in which knowledge is manipulated by dominant Western and Muslim discourses. Authors from several disciplines study how the two societies have constructed images of each other in historical and contemporary times. The complexities and subtleties of their mutually productive relationship are overshadowed by portrayals of unremitting clash, thus serving as encouragement for the promotion of war and terrorism. The book proposes specific approaches to re-imagine the Other in order to mitigate Western-Muslim conflict.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137403650
Number of pages: 250
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm


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"As the world contemplates the consequences of a global 'war on terror' that often positions predominantly Judeo-Christian Western societies against their Muslim counterparts, and as social and mass media bring to our collective consciousness horrific murders committed by terrorists purporting to act in the name of Islam, Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections (2014) is a timely and welcome intellectual intervention. [...] [F]eaturing a collection of thought-provoking chapters written by well-known critical scholars, the book is informed by the position that a 'clash of ignorance' rather than a 'clash of civilizations' thesis better explains contemporary conflicts between Western and Muslim societies, which increasingly find expression in violence and social exclusion. [...] [This volume] speaks eloquently to the deep structure of the clash of ignorance and its ramifications for Western-Muslim relations; that is its strength and why it is a must-read. [...] [It] makes a significant contribution to critical scholarship on Western-Muslim relations, especially how mass mediatized narrative (re)productions inform these relations. Accordingly, this book is strongly recommended especially for graduate and senior undergraduate critical media studies courses" Felix Odartey-Wellington, University of Ottawa, Canada, Global Media Journal, Canadian Edition

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