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Stephen Sheehi


New Texts Out Now: Stephen Sheehi, "Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims"

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Stephen Sheehi, Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims. Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, 2011. Jadaliyya: What made you write this book? Stephen Sheehi: Undoubtedly, the assault on decency, sanity, and justice under the Bush regime inspired the book at the most immediate level. More compelling than the neocon-Vulcan agenda, however, was how, when one looks at it structurally (beyond the veneer of its rhetoric), one sees only how it activated the racist ...

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Don't Blame the King for Islamophobia, Blame the Kingdom

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Peter King and the Homeland Security Committee’s hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims are upon us. Mainstream op-ed pieces have increasingly suggested the "divisiveness" of this New McCarthyism, especially after the Southern Poverty Law Center listed Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller’s Stop Islamification of America as a hate group and after the Nuremburg-like Tea Bagging of a Yorba Linda Mosque.       Muslim-baiting is not new nor ...

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Recuperating the Democracy Narrative: Fareed Zakaria and Preparing for a Post-Mubarak World

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On February 8, 2011 Secretary of Defense and ex-CIA chief Robert Gates urged “ governments in the region” to “take measures to begin moving in a positive direction toward addressing the political and economic grievances of their people."[1] The mantra has droned out of  Obama administration corridors for weeks including Hilary Clinton’s now infamous and indeed racist admonition of Arab regimes to reform in early January. In Doha, the Secretary of State criticizes ...

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Stephen Sheehi


Stephen Sheehi is an internationally acclaimed author, scholar and activist. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Arabic and Arab Culture at the University of South Carolina. His received his PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. In addition to Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims, he is the author of Foundations of Modern Arab Identity(University Press of Florida, 2004) as well as the forthcoming Arab Image: A Social History of Indigenous Photography (Princeton University Press). He has published in journals such asInternational Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The British Journal of Middle East Studies, Discourse, Critique, The Journal of Arabic Literature, and The Journal of Comparative South Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies. He is interested in visual, literary, intellectual and material culture of the 19th and early 20th century Arab world. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Sheehi has published opinion articles on contemporary issues of the Middle East in an array of newspapers and journals nationally and internationally including Common Dreams, BeliefNet, and al-Adab. He has also been a life long activist for social and economic justice most notably the cause for Palestinian right of self-determination, anti-racism and the alternative globalization movement.