Special Issue "Contemporary Perspectives on Islamophobia"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Leonie Jackson

School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
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Interests: Islamophobia; race and racialisation; Islamist extremism; Far-right extremism; security; conflict; Post 9/11 terrorism and counter-terrorism
Guest Editor
Dr. Berenice Golding

School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
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Interests: discrimination; globalisation; human rights and intersectionality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Expressions of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim rhetoric and discrimination have become increasingly commonplace in contemporary society. From the hostile attitudes unleashed by the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, to rising populism, nativism and nationalism across much of the world, Islamophobic sentiment is increasingly a vehicle through which national and international socio-political anxieties are articulated.

This Special Issue aims to broaden and deepen our understanding of Islamophobia by analysing its contemporary manifestations, considering how the phenomenon can best be conceptualised and evaluating strategies of resistance. We welcome empirical, theoretical or practice-based articles which consider the topic of Islamophobia in any national or international setting(s). Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How Islamophobia can best be conceptualised and whether it resembles other racisms or social hostilities
  • Comparative analyses of Islamophobia across varying national, social and political contexts
  • The ways in which Islamophobia intersects with race, gender, sexuality, and social class
  • The relationship(s) between Islamophobia and hate-crime—how we can measure, monitor and respond to instances of religio-racial hate-crime and discrimination
  • The link between rising populism and Islamophobia—how far-right, nationalist and/or nativist parties and movements employ anti-Muslim narratives
  • Globalisation and Islamophobia—how global issues such as migration, human rights, international terrorism, and the policies and practices of the ‘war on terror’ impact on the discourse and practice of Islamophobia
  • Geographies of anti-Muslim and anti-Islam hostility
  • Resisting Islamophobia—evaluations of effective resistance strategies, countervailing ideas, movements and institutions, and methods of undermining stereotypical views of Muslims and Islam

Dr. Leonie Jackson
Dr. Berenice Golding
Guest Editors

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  • Islamophobia
  • Anti-Muslim hostility
  • Othering
  • Religion
  • Race
  • Orientalism
  • Gender
  • Hate-crime
  • Discrimination

Published Papers

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