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Scapegoating Islam

Intolerance, Security, and the American Muslim

by Jeffrey L. Thomas


Discrimination against American Muslims serves to weaken U.S. homeland security.

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September 2015


Pages 272
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Exploring the experience of Muslims in America following 9/11, this book assesses how anti-Muslim bias within the U.S. government and the larger society undermines American security and democracy.

In the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, Muslims in America have experienced discrimination and intolerance from the U.S. government and American citizens alike. From religious and ethnic profiling to hate crimes, intolerance against Muslims is being reinforced on multiple levels, undercutting the Muslim community's engagement in American society. This text is essential for understanding how the unjust treatment of American Muslims following September 11 has only served to alienate the Muslim community and further divide the United States.

Authored by an expert analyst of policy for 20 years, this book explores the prejudice against Muslims and how the actions of the U.S. government continue to perpetuate fear and stereotypes within U.S. citizens. The author posits that by respecting the civil rights of Muslims, the government will lead by example in the acceptance of American Muslims, improving homeland security along with the lives of Muslims living in the United States.


  • Provides a history of Muslim experience in the United States up to September 11
  • Highlights legislation that discriminates against Muslims
  • Presents information appropriate for academic reading, professionals within the field of homeland security and counterterrorism, and anyone interested in the relationship between national security and civil rights
Author Info

Jeffrey L. Thomas is a security policy analyst with more than 20 years' experience examining homeland security and counterterrorism policies, U.S. relations with the Muslim world, and the experience of Muslims in America. He has served as Senior Fellow for Homeland Security and Threat Assessment at the Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress (CSPC), as well as Research Associate in the Russia and Eurasia Program and the Islamic Studies Program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies. He is a contributing author to the CSPC report Strengthening U.S.-Muslim Communications and to the book Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security.



"Scapegoating Islam explores the role Islam and Muslims have played in the evolution of US national security policy over the last 400 years. It is an important addition to the existing literature on national security. It is well researched and referenced. Anyone dealing with or studying US national security would benefit from this book."The Washington Book Review

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