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Title:
The Muslims are coming! : Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic war on terror
Author:
Kundnani, Arun.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : Verso, 2014.
Physical Description:
327 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls showed that Americans were more anxious about terrorism than they were before his death. The new front in the War on Terror is the "homegrown enemy, " domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States, the UK, and across Europe. Based on several years of research and reportage from Dallas to Dewsbury, and written in exciting, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counter-radicalization strategies in the US and the UK. The new policies and policing campaigns have been backed by an anti-extremism industry of newly minted experts, and by examining the ideas of commentators like Martin Amis, Peter Beinart, and Christopher Caldwell, the book also looks at the way liberalism has itself been transformed by its embrace of anti-extremism"--

"The first comprehensive critique of the War on Terror's new front--the specter of domestic terrorists Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls showed that Americans were more anxious about terrorism than they were before his death. The new front in the War on Terror is the "homegrown enemy, " domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States, the UK and across Europe. Based on several years of research and reportage from Dallas to Dewsbury, and written in exciting, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counter-radicalization strategies in the US and the UK. The new policies and policing campaigns have been backed by an antiextremism industry of newly minted experts, and by examining the ideas of commentators like Martin Amis, Peter Beinart, and Christopher Caldwell, the book also looks at the way liberalism has itself been transformed by its embrace of anti-extremism"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- An ideal enemy -- The politics of anti-extremism -- The roots of liberal rage -- The myth of radicalization -- Hearts and minds -- No freedom -- Postboom -- Twenty-first-century crusaders -- Dream not of other worlds.
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Death camenbsp;instantly to Imam Luqman, asnbsp;four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from
a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded thenbsp;building on that October morning, the culminationnbsp;of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltratednbsp;the imam's Detroit mosque. The FBI quicklynbsp;claimed that Luqman Abdullah was "the leader of anbsp;domestic terrorist group." And yet, caught on tape,nbsp;he had refused to help "do something" violent, asnbsp;it might injure innocents, and no terrorism chargesnbsp;were ever lodged against him.

Jameel Scott thought he was exercising his rightsnbsp;when he went to challenge an Israeli official's lecturenbsp;at Manchester University. But the teenager's presencenbsp;at the protest with fellow socialists made him thenbsp;subject of police surveillance for the next two years.nbsp;Counterterrorism agents visited his parents, his relatives,nbsp;his school. They asked him for activists' namesnbsp;and told him not to attend demonstrations. Theynbsp;called his mother and told her to move the family tonbsp;another neighborhood. Although he doesn't identifynbsp;as Muslim, Jameel had become another face of the
presumed homegrown terrorist.

The new front in the War on Terror is the "homegrownnbsp;enemy," domestic terrorists who have becomenbsp;the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures ofnbsp;policing and surveillance in the United States andnbsp;across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed--at least 100,000 Muslims in America havenbsp;been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled anbsp;secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda "sympathizers,"nbsp;and in another operation included almostnbsp;300 children fifteen and under among the potentialnbsp;extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in justnbsp;five years.

Based on several years of research and reportage,nbsp;in locations as disparate as Texas, New York, andnbsp;Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose,nbsp;this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalizationnbsp;strategies. The new policy and policingnbsp;campaigns have been backed by an industry ofnbsp;freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. Thenbsp;Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debatesnbsp;have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowlynbsp;configured and ill-conceived antiextremism.


Author Notes

Arun Kundnani is an Adjunct Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and teaches terrorism studies at John Jay College. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Leiden University, Netherlands, an Open Society Fellow, and the Editor of the journal Race and Class . He is the author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain . He lives in New York.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Following the 9/11 attacks, America shifted its focus in the War on Terror towards homegrown terrorism, which intensified after the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Using global sources, Kundnani, a visiting fellow at Leiden University (Netherlands), sees the same counter-terror tactics developed by the Bush Administration now employed by his successor, monitoring Muslim citizens and residents, and using informants and double agents to keep tabs on those who might share an ideology with jihadists. Noting several European terror triumphs, Kundnani aptly examines the four stages of evolution towards jihadism-"preradicalization, identification, indoctrination, and action"-now monitored by big-budgeted international security agencies watching lone wolves and sleeper cells before any eruption. In America and England, Kundnani identifies bands of young Muslims rethinking their identities in the wake of society revoking "their social white card": being treated like blacks, suffering hate crimes, and losing civil liberties. He also analyzes similarly critical topics, such as police entrapment, state surveillance, dissent and extremism, fear and suspicion in Muslim communities, and the right to assembly. Measuring his ideas against global terror experts, Kundnani offers hard alternatives to international security agencies, policing trends, and options for reasonable dissent in his thoughtful, rational plea to curb the War on Terror. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress passed the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists (AUMF), which has served as the linchpin for an open-ended and continuing war on terror. Unlike traditional wars, the enemy in this battle is not a country or organization but a set of ideas that have been labeled as "radical Islam." As a result, vast networks of organizations and individuals in the West have become obsessed with preventing the spread of this ideology by all means necessary. In this well-researched and crisply written book, Kundnani (terrormism studies, John Jay Coll. of Criminal Justice, City Univ. of New York; The End of Tolerance) explores the genesis and development of the domestic fronts of the war on terror in the United States and the UK. The author explains how the ideology of the war on terror has distorted these two countries' approach to their Muslim populations and has contributed to both counterproductive counter-terrorism advances and the concomitant intensification of Islamophobia in the West. He describes how both the conservative and liberal modes of thinking about radical Islam have failed to account for or address underlying social and political circumstances. VERDICT An immensely useful book for academics, policymakers, and all those interested in understanding and reshaping the war on terror.-Nader Entessar, Univ. of South Alabama, Mobile (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 An Ideal Enemyp. 27
2 The Politics of Anti-Extremisrnp. 55
3 The Roots of Liberal Ragep. 89
4 The Myth of Radicalizationp. 115
5 Hearts and Mindsp. 153
6 No Freedomp. 183
7 Postboomp. 209
8 Twenty-First-Century Crusadersp. 233
9 Dream Not of Other Worldsp. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
Notesp. 329