In July, Palgrave Macmillan will publish Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies by Jocelyne Cesari (Harvard University). The publisher’s description follows.
Are Muslims threatening the core values of the West? Jocelyne Cesari responds to this question by providing first-hand testimonies of Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her book is an unprecedented exploration of Muslims’ religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the United States.Through a methodic investigation, she explains that Burqa, hijab, and minarets are threatening because Islam has become the external and internal Enemy of the West, especially since 9/11. Her book explains how Islam in the West has been connected to the War on Terror, how the presence of Islam in secular spaces has triggered a western politics of fear, exacerbated by the prominence of some intolerant Islamic interpretations of women, sexual minorities and non believers. The book’s unique, interdisciplinary scope allows for an in-depth analysis of data polls, surveys, political discourses, policy programs, interviews, and focus groups with Muslims. Ultimately, this book provides unique insights into the reality of Muslims in Europe and in the USA and unveils how western liberalism and secularism have been deeply transformed since 9/11.