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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745332536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745332536
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR THE ISLAMOPHOBIA INDUSTRY:

"Nathan Lean's meticulous study of the Islamophobia industry is a convincing demonstration of the threat this form of extremism poses to a harmonious pluralistic society and democratic values. Rationalizing hatred of Muslims, well-funded ideologues have also negatively impacted civic discourse and pushed conservative politics into the orbit of right-wing extremism. Lean's book is an important resource for all people who wish to understand the forces that are manipulating our political process and discourse." - Ingrid Mattson, Chair in Islamic Studies, Huron University College

“This concise, accessible and illuminating book meets one of the most urgent needs of our time. Nathan Lean has provided us with a compelling counter-narrative that reveals the vested interests and highly-organized networks of those who preach the virulent Islamophobia that is not only endangering world peace but is also corroding the tolerance and egalitarian ethos that should characterize Western society. This book should be required reading.” - Karen Armstrong, author of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

"Nathan Lean has written a book of immense importance for our times. By lifting the veil on the multi-million-dollar Islamophobia Industry, Lean shines a light on the network of business, political, and religious organizations and individuals who employ rank bigotry to promote their interests. A must-read." - Reza Aslan, author of No god But God.

"In this provocative and engaging book, Nathan Lean meticulously untangles the dense web of fear merchants who have made Muslim-bashing a cottage industry. He reveals the connections between them and the motives that animate their machine of propaganda. Lean's is a battle against Islamophobia, one that he wages with a seamless and compelling narrative." - Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World.

"Nathan Lean skillfully narrates an alternative history of the contemporary relationship between the Muslim world and the West, reminding his readers of the effects of Islamophobia in a moving and powerful way. This book is absolutely indispensable for building the more positive and shared future that still alludes us a decade into the War on Terror. Any journalist, pundit, policy-maker or intelligence analyst who doesn't read The Islamophobia Industry and take its message to heart is committing professional malpractice. Any citizen concerned about the future of this country and the world at large owes it to themselves to read this book lest the processes Lean describes reach a tipping point and poison relations between the West and the Muslim world for generations to come." - Mark LeVine, author of Heavy Metal Islam

"Nathan Lean has written an eye-opener — the most comprehensive book to date on a new and dangerous cycle of minority persecution in American society. Lean's book exposes the key players, funders and enablers of Islamophobia in America and the destructive effect of their politics on our national fabric. Worth every minute of reading." - Nihad Awad, National Executive Director, Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)

"The spike in anti-Muslim sentiment didn't fall from the sky or rise from the ground - it was manufactured by a shadowy network of bloggers, funders, pundits, preachers and politicians. In a tightly-written, fast-paced narrative that feels like a thriller backed by the research of a doctoral thesis, Nathan Lean shows us just how deep the rabbit hole goes. Essential reading for anyone who wants a window into the origins of contemporary Islamophobia." - Eboo Patel, author of Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground

"In the months after 9/11, Americans took pride in defending Muslim neighbors in their own communities. Political leaders boasted about liberating Muslims overseas. So why are the politics of fear more intense a decade after the murders at the twin towers? Lean pins the blame on an Islamophobia industry in a lucid and detailed examination of the dark side of our politics." – Richard Wolffe, MSNBC political analyst and author of Renegade: The Making of a President

"Islamophobia is not only about ignorance and fear. Some people purposefully nurture it and use it as a political strategy. Nathan Lean’s The Islamophobia Industry shows what is happening behind the scenes. It is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the rationale and objectives behind those who foster this new racism against Muslims." – Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University and author of The Quest for Meaning

"So many of America's mistakes and bad acts over the past decade are due to Islamophobia, and Nathan Lean's new book traces the phenomenon's genesis and its culprits. Those who have been spawning this all-too-familiar demonization campaign have been hiding in the dark for too long. This book is so valuable because it drags them out into the light and thus performs a true service for the nation." – Glenn Greenwald, columnist for Salon and author of Liberty and Justice For Some

"Nathan Lean’s The Islamophobia Industry could not be more timely or critical. This is an extraordinarily important and groundbreaking study. It exposes the multi-million-dollar cottage industry of fear mongers and the network of funders and organizations that support and perpetuate bigotry, xenophobia, racism, and produce a climate of fear that sustains a threatening social cancer." – John L. Esposito (from the foreword)

About the Author

Nathan Lean is a writer and scholar of Middle East studies. He has written extensively about Islam, American foreign policy, national politics, and global affairs. He is co-author of Iran, Israel, and the United States: Regime Security vs. Political Legitimacy and is a contributing writer at PolicyMic. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Aslan Media and currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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Very good book, well written.
African Traveler
To say that Islam is a hateful, totalitarian belief system is not to say that every Muslim agrees with that.
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This book is just a crude Muslim propaganda book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Truth Revolt on December 13, 2014
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This book is hateful and racist towards people who have a genuine concern about the teachings of Islam, the Quran, Muhammed, The Hadiths, and the Sirah. The naivety and ignorance is mind boggling. Only someone full of anger and tyranny could be so abusive in their writing, practically calling for abolishing free speech, ignoring facts, and submitting to Shariah Law. Very poorly written and thought out. Sad, sad day in the publishing industry.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Smith on November 3, 2014
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Nathan Lean shows his skills in investigative journalism in this meticulously researched work. In this work you will learn about a few fake ex-Muslims who are really fundamentalist evangelical Christians (a better more precise term would be "dispensationalists") trying to take advantage of their Middle-Eastern sounding names to sell books and rip off taxpayers (and they have succeeded in this regard). You will also learn about far right-wing think tanks and so-called terrorism "experts" who lack the adequate skills and training necessary to truly engage in the analysis they promote. If antisemitism or racism is a real thing, then why is Islamophobia so vehemently denied? Lean's work shows that it is real and that it is an industry funded by a network of deeply ideological right-wing activists seeking to demonize over one billion people worldwide. Many of those invited onto Fox News or conservative talk radio as "experts" on Islam or terrorism are really just ideological hacks whose only real legitimacy is established solely by being invited onto friendly media outlets. The people described by Lean in this work are attempting nothing more than to wrestle away definitions and concepts from Islam and apply their own meaning to them. When the Islamophobes described in this work say "Islam," what they are really talking about is "Wahhabism." Men like Robert Spencer and Frank Gaffney want you to believe that Wahhabism is "true" and "historic" Islam. In reality, it is just an 18th century puritanical reform movement allowed to spread around the world because of our thirst for oil.Read more ›
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39 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Reba Roxi on November 15, 2012
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... so I read this book.

I highly recommend it to anyone who has heard the warnings of sharia law taking over America and had even a twinge of concern that it might be true.

Despite the subtitle of the book (about The Right), this book is very evenhanded and does not make sweeping generalizations. If you are a liberal clamoring for a hate-fest toward Republicans (or, conversely, a Republican fearing such), this book will not meet your expectation. It calls out the people on the right who are perpetuating this phobia, but doesn't condemn all conservatives. Rather, it demonstrates how these limited number of people are creating fear among the right (primarily) based on false premises.

This book gives a great overview of past campaigns to implement fear in a populace against the boogeyman of the day - Jews, communism, Catholics, and the list goes on. I learned that these scare tactics aren't new, and they almost always result in tragedy.

I'm a pretty strict conservative, and to me that means believing in the foundations of America - and one of key reasons for seeking our independence was freedom of religion, and freedom to practice without fear of persecution. I'm appalled by the anti-Muslim sentiment pervading our nation in recent years... and while I had heard some of the names in this book (Pamela Geller, Geert Wilders, etc.) before, to see how they are all interconnected, and especially how they are funded and supported by Zionist activists, was illuminating.

I urge everyone to educate themselves and read this book, and more importantly, learn about other people and cultures different from you.
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30 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Hopida on October 10, 2012
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There is a growing interest and academic study of the issue of Islamophobia. Most of the works that have been published recently address the various manifestations of Islamophobia, its definitions, and ideological formation.

This book takes a slightly different route. This work deals specifically with the manufacture of Islamophobia from the far-right of the political, activist, and religious spectrum.

I think its an excellent companion and follow up work to the report put out by Center for American Progress called "Fear Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America."

It is quite obvious that the one star and negative reviews are put out by people who eat up the propaganda and misinformation supplied by the Islamophobia Industry that Nathan Lean speaks about in his work.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John T. Earl on September 25, 2013
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If you would like to see the genesis of many of the merchants of hatred, this book has complied the gamut of them. Opportunistic scam artists pop up and make money fanning the flames of religious bigotry, often hoodwinking followers of religious Apocalyptic Millennialism.
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