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Teaching Religion and Violence$
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Brian K. Pennington

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372427

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372427.001.0001

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Confronting Misoislamia

Confronting Misoislamia

Teaching Religion and Violence in Courses on Islam

(p.118) Chapter 5 Confronting Misoislamia
Teaching Religion and Violence

Amir Hussain

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the issues of violence in the study of Islam and is structured on the Introduction to Islam course that is taught at most universities that have courses in religious studies or theology. The issues raised, however, are applicable to a wider range of courses on Islam. The chapter deals with the important issues of peace and violence that need to be addressed with respect to (a) the biography of Muhammad, (b) the Qur’an, (c) the spread and historical development of Islam, (d) the contemporary Muslim world, and (e) the self-understandings of Muslims. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the shift from the rise of Islamophobia in North America post-9/11, to what is termed misoislamia, a neologism that captures the move from a fear (phobia) to a hatred (miso) for Islam and Muslims.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslims, violence, Islamophobia, Misoislamia, Muhammad, 9/11, Qur’an

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