ARABAM 384 - Islamophobia
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Arab American Studies (ARABAM)
Department: LSA American Culture
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Not available to students who have completed AMCULT/ARABAM 311 when taught with the topic "Islamophobia" (Topic #27).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Hate crimes against Arab and Muslim Americans have multiplied since September 11, 2001. The U.S. government and local police departments have developed surveillance programs to monitor Muslim Americans who are perceived as a potential threat to U.S. national security. What is the impact of such policies and practices on Arab and Muslim American communities, on conceptions of American citizenship, and on conceptions of democracy and multiculturalism? This course will examine the phenomenon of Islamophobia from several angles. First, it will focus on the origin of the term and debates as to whether or not Islamophobia is an adequate term to use to capture the phenomenon of seeking to target or exclude Muslims from multicultural nations. Second, we will focus on several case studies of Islamophobia in the U.S. and Europe, including the “Ground Zero mosque” controversy in the U.S. and the Prophet Muhammad cartoons controversy in Denmark to identify the specific forms that Islamophobia takes. Third, we will briefly consider how Muslims have responded to Islamophobia through community organizing and various artistic forms. Assignments include a weekly discussion question, a mid-term exam, a case study essay, and a creative final group project.

ARABAM 384 - Islamophobia
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001 (LEC)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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