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The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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. The definition of Islam promoted by Islamophobes leaves no room for Sufis, Alevis, Ahmadiyya, Muslim feminists, progressive Muslims, or a number of other categories who have just as much right to the name Islam as the Wahhabis and Salafis. Lean is most certainly a progressive/liberal leaning author and that shows in his work. But this fact in no way detracts from the facts he presents in this book. A must read on the subject!
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44 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 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. It doesn't make you any less Christian to talk to your Muslim neighbors and ask about what they believe, rather than relying on propaganda from individuals with ulterior, political motives. I can guarantee you that with every Muslim you get to know, you will realize that the information we have been fed about Islam by the Islamophobia Industry is manufactured and empty.
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33 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 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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12 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2014
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The fact that the term "Islamophobia" even exists is an insult to any educated person's intelligence. That this book brandishes the term as some kind of established barometer against which the distinction between rational inquiry and invective can be determined is completely absurd. Many of the authors he attacks, Harris, etc. are humanists. Their objectives are the well-being of humans. To conflate their criticism of a set of ideas that are collectively understood as "Islam" with some kind of seditious plot to destroy Muslims or make their life hell is either misinformed, or genuinely nefarious. Avoiding conspiracy theories where I can, I will go with the latter. So for goodness sake Mr. Lean, stop being so lazy, have a look at why the concept "Islamophobia" is absurd and be an adult when dealing with rational thinkers who oppose your world view.
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33 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2012
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A fascinating book that should be required reading to all those who want to understand what went wrong in USA the past few years. People in the USA went to book stores and bought Qurans after 911. Invited Muslims to their Churches and Clubs. Many Synagogues did the same too. All of a sudden interfaith dialogue became an urgent and necessary need. Then things started to turn around to the worse after racist people realized an African American man might be the future president.

Nathan lean offers a detailed explanation of how this took place. Turned out it is an industry motivated, as we all suspected, by Christian Right, Zionists, and White Racists. I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2013
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We need more such books to counter the false propaganda against Islam. This book has been written very well indeed
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7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
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A good counterbalance to the Israel lobby. A desire to be more evenhanded in the world, especially with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian question does not mean that one is anti-Semitic or anti-Zionist.
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30 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2013
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If you believe there's an Islamophobia industry, I've got a bridge to sell you. What there is, is an Islamic disinformation industry funded by Saudis and Muslim Brotherhood front groups, and peddling the lie that Islam is a religion of peace and has no totalitarian intentions. This disinformation effort would make the Soviets proud and is supported by gullible and well-meaning liberals and leftists who think that anything Other -- except perhaps a Republican -- is always to be embraced. But what if the particular Other's belief system is totalitarian and stealthy, as in the case of orthodox Islam? Well, some on the left reply that anyone who dares to point that out must be a xenophobe and an Islamophobe and a bigot. But this is one of those situations where the left is mistaken.

One can grasp, from knowledge of the core Islamic texts -- Qur'an, canonical hadith collections, and earliest Muslim biographies of Muhammad -- that orthodox Islam is an expansionist, totalitarian, violent global movement profoundly and thuggishly inimical to freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, equality of rights for all people before the law, and other fundamental human rights. At the same time one can understand that there are many Muslims in the West who don't know about Islam's core texts' totalitarianism and wouldn't support it if they did know about it. They simply say their prayers in Arabic (a language most Muslims do not understand), and often don't know what the Qur'an means. Yet polls show that many Muslims agree with totalitarian tenets of Islamic law.

Nathan Lean doesn't care about such distinctions; he likes to smear critics of Islam, calling them bigots, calling them anti-Muslim, etc. In my opinion he has some secret agenda. To say that Islam is a hateful, totalitarian belief system is not to say that every Muslim agrees with that. But Nathan Lean wants to silence any criticism of Islam, so he smears Islam-critics by pretending they are all really just bigots who hate Muslims collectively.

He recently twittered that he was glad that computer hackers had attacked and damaged Islam-critic Robert Spencer's website, and Lean concluded the twitter message by encouraging the hackers to bring the site down. Thus Nathan Lean doesn't believe in freedom of speech any more than do orthodox Muslims -- except of course his own freedom of speech and that of those with whom he agrees. He also has emailed to Robert Spencer what he, Lean, thought was Spencer's home address, in an attempt to frighten Spencer -- after all, if Spencer's home address were passed along to Lean's shady Islamist friends, perhaps the information would eventually get to someone who would carry out one of the death threats Spencer daily receives from those who think Spencer's criticism of Islam is blasphemy to be punished by violence.

Read Nathan Lean's book at your own risk. A beautiful mix of falsehood with just enough truth to make it plausible to suckers.
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11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
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This is a well written and well researched expose on how the right has manufactured the fear of Muslims. The has always been fear in our society of some unknown boggieman and this book shows how that fear has been turned onto Muslims.
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