Todd Green is Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He is currently spending his sabbatical year as a Franklin Fellow at the State Department in Washington, DC, where he assesses and analyzes the impact of anti-Muslim prejudice on countering violent extremism initiatives, refugee and migrant policies, and human rights in Europe.
Dr. Green’s research focuses on Islamophobia, secularization, and interfaith dialogue in Europe and the United States. His most recent book, The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West (Fortress Press, 2015), explores why the West fears Islam and what impact this fear has on Muslims. He is also the editor of Islam, Immigration, and Identity (MDPI, 2014).
A dedicated public scholar, Dr. Green blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and has been interviewed by a variety of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, France 24, and Reuters. His perspectives on Islamophobia have also been cited by organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Center for American Progress, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A link to a longer version of Todd Green’s bio is here.
“Islamophobia is a new name but a very old type of racism. Todd Green traces its roots and its rational and ideological objectives. This is a critical and timely contribution, as it shows the complex historical route used in the West to construct ‘the Other,’ ‘the Muslim,’ a production of fear that ends up being a great danger for the West itself. Combating Islamophobia starts with analyzing and understanding its origin: this is what the reader will find in this great book, very well documented.” — Tariq Ramadan, University of Oxford, St. Anthony’s College
“Todd Green has written a compelling and important book. The future of the West rises and falls on its ability to welcome the contributions of its most diverse elements. Thus, Islamophobia doesn’t just hurt Muslims, it weakens Western civilization. Professor Green’s book helps us understand the problem and generate creative solutions.” — Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core
“This is an outstanding presentation of the history and current state of Islamophobia. Todd Green draws upon reliable studies supplemented by original research to demonstrate how perceptions of Muslims are shaped and distorted, leading to prejudice and fear. Highly recommended for reporters, teachers, and policy makers.” — Ingrid Mattson, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario
“Tragically, the ongoing conflicts in many areas of the world seem likely to continue to generate more reports of violence and to reinforce negative attitudes toward Muslims and Islam. Amid this challenge, Green offers a helpful, wide-ranging analysis of major developments together with thoughtful proposals for transforming attitudes and behaviors.”— Leo Lefebure, Georgetown University
“Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, The Fear of Islam is as informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking. Timely and critically important reading, The Fear Of Islam is very strongly recommended for both community and academic library Islamic Studies and Political Science Studies reference collections.” — John Burroughs, Midwest Book Review
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