Islamophobia, extremism, and the domestic war on terror

Arun Kundnani The Muslims Are Coming“Arun Kundnani’s book, vastly more intelligent than the usual ‘war on terror’ verbiage, focuses on the war’s domestic edge in Britain and America. His starting point is this: ‘Terrorism is not the product of radical politics but a symptom of political impotence.’ The antidote therefore seems self-evident: ‘A strong, active and confident Muslim community enjoying its civic rights to the full.’ Yet policy on both sides of the Atlantic has ended by criminalising Muslim opinion, silencing speech and increasing social division. These results may make political violence more, not less, likely.”

Robin Yassin-Kassab reviews Arun Kundnani’s The Muslims are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror.

Guardian, 3 April 2014

See also Syed Hamad Ali, “‘The Muslims are Coming!’: Arun Kundnani explains terrorism”, Gulf News, 3 March 2014