Unfolding Islamophobic Racism in American Fiction presents Islamophobia as a manifestation of racism in literary texts to understand American perspective of Islam and Muslims. By deconstructing selected literary works of Lorrain Adams, John Updike and Don Delillo within Fredrickson’s notion of racism as scavenger ideology, Humaira Riaz argues that fiction incorporates racism cloaked in Islamophobia. The author concludes that necessitating interfaith community interaction may help in decreasing religious conflicts. Many of the Western and American assumptions about Islam are generated from ignorance. This work proposes a thorough discursive understanding of Islam as a code of life.
Dr. Humaira Riaz is assistant professor in the Department of English in City University of Science & IT, Peshawar, Pakistan.
Introduction: Sociohistorical Development of Racism
Chapter One: ‘Heather Among Mohammeds’ Lorrain Adams' Harbor (2004)
Chapter Two: ‘Devil America’ John Updike’s Terrorist (2006)
Chapter Three: ‘Turn-of-the Century America’ Don DeLillo's Falling Man (2007)
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