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Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms Hardcover – May 17, 2016
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“Scapegoats is an important book that shows Islamophobia must be addressed urgently. Violence or hate speech against any community based on their faith is un-American and is against our founding principles.” Because when a murderous psychopath goes on a killing spree, law enforcement officials and the media never make his religion the central issue--unless he happens to be a Muslim.—PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER
“My brother Arsalan Iftikhar is one of America’s great champions of reason and respect. His book is a stirring addition to the literature of American pluralism. May it help to hold back the ugliness—the intolerance and the indecency—that is disfiguring our country.”—LEON WIESELTIER
“Iftikhar writes with a deep love of his country, and profound anguish about the betrayal of her cherished values of fairness and inclusiveness. This book is a wake-up call for America.”—BOBBY GHOSH, GLOBAL NEWS ANALYST, CNN
“[Arsalan Iftikhar has] become a go-to voice in American media, playing a variety of roles—explaining Islam, decrying Islamic extremism and also what he sees as rising islamophobia. It is that last which concerns him in a new book, and the title sums up its mission. It's called Scapegoats: How Islamophobia Helps Our Enemies and Threatens Our Freedoms."
--MICHEL MARTIN, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
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The books provides facts like the statistics of the number of crimes comitted in the US soil by persons who has an Islamic background and percentage wise the numbers are very minimal. As the author stated humurously that Americans are likely to die in a faulty furniture than to a terrorist vilolence. In fact most of the vile crimes which claimed most lives in one incident were committed by white extreme right supremacists.
It also revealed in this book that the bigotry and prejudicial acts against the minorities in the US did not start on the post-9/11 incident. In otherwords, the clock of oppression committed against them did not start ticking after the attack on the World Trade Center, it started since time immemorial. The Jew, the Latinos, the Germans of which Donald Trump's ancestry belonged, the Japanese, and it goes without mentioning, the inhumane treatment against the Negroes in the past, all of them suffered the same fate that the Muslim minorities in America is facing right now.
Though this book is about the scapegoating of the Muslims in America where terroristic events were used to justify the arbitrary actions of the US authorities against them, it is very important to read it as I find it very similar to what is happening to other countries where Muslim are subjected to oppression by their very own government. What is happening to the Muslim in the US has also a large similiraties to what is happening to other Muslim minorties elswhere in this modern age. Hence the importance of reading this book to have a much broader perspective to what is happening right now in the world where Muslims are looked at collectively with an eye of contempt.
A book like this one explains by examples what is wrong with the mind set of too many Americans.