Nathan Lean, author of the brilliant The Islamophobia Industry: How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims (Pluto, 2012) is to be presented with a 2012 Bridge-Builder Award by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
In a letter to Lean, a representative from CAIR wrote:
You have helped humanize an entire minority – American Muslims – while also shedding light on the elements actively at work demonizing the community. Efforts of courageous writers like you must be acknowledged for bringing American Muslims closer to our fellow Americans by righting the many misconceptions parroted by a handful of influential Islamophobes.
For your admirable work, the American Muslim community is immensely grateful. At the 16th Annual CAIR Los Angeles banquet, we would like an opportunity to recognize you for your excellent work. We would also be honored to have you share a few words with our audience and conduct a book signing at the end of the program.
The event, which takes place on November 3rd, will involve some 2,000 attendees, and feature a keynote address by human rights attorney Michael Ratner, President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights, as well as an address by Imam Siraj Wahhaj, Imam of At-Taqwa Mosque in New York and leader of the Muslim Alliance in North America.
Here at Pluto we are immensely proud of Nathan for having earned this recognition from CAIR, which is most definitely well-deserved. For those of you who haven’t yet read the book, you can buy it from our website for the low price of £11.50. Further details can be found below.
How the Right Manufactures Fear of Muslims
Nathan Lean. Foreword by John L. Esposito
Disturbing account of the rising tide of Islamophobia sweeping through the United States and Europe.
“This concise, accessible and illuminating book meets one of the most urgent needs of our time. Lean has provided a compelling counter-narrative that reveals the vested interests and highly organized networks of those who preach the virulent Islamophobia that is not only endangering world peace but is also corroding the tolerance and egalitarian ethos that should characterize Western society. This book should be required reading.” – Karen Armstrong
“Islamophobia is not only about ignorance and fear. Some people purposefully nurture it and use it as a political strategy. Nathan Lean’s The Islamophobia Industry shows what is happening behind the scenes. It is an essential book for anyone who wants to understand the rationale and objectives behind those who foster this new racism against Muslims.” – Tariq Ramadan, Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University and author of The Quest for Meaning