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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754651401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754651406
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 417,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Chris Allen is currently a Research Fellow in the Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham.

For the past decade, Chris has been at the forefront of academic research into the phenomenon of Islamophobia. Having completed his Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded doctoral studies that explored the discourse and theory of the phenomenon at the University of Birmingham, he has since gone on to work with a number of different agencies and institutions to develop policies and strategies that not only address anti-Muslim and other forms of religious discrimination but so too a much wider socio-political remit: from community cohesion and equalities issues on the one hand to gun and gang crime and anti-terror on the other. Some of the partners that he has collaborated or worked in consultation with include the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences, the Centre for European Policy Studies, the Equality & Human Rights Commission, the European Commission on Security Issues in Europe and the Greater London Authority amongst others. At the local level of the West Midlands where he is currently based, he has worked with those that include Birmingham City Council, Connexions, the Learning and Skills Council, the West Midlands Regional Observatory and the West Midlands Faiths Forum.

In terms of his research, most notably he was co-author of the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism & Xenophobia's seminal report on Islamophobia in the EU after 9/11. Since then he has gone on to publish widely, both in the UK and elsewhere including Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. He has also presented his findings at conferences in Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Norway. In late 2009, he took part in a panel discussion at the European Parliament in Brussels on Muslim and European identities before returning to Birmingham to host a major symposium on Islamophobia and religious discrimination. He is also currently a European Commission recognised expert in the areas of policy studies, cultural policy, social policy & studies, sociology of religion, and Islamic studies.

Before taking up his current post, Chris held a number of academic posts: at the University of Wolverhampton, the Open University, and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education. He was also Director of Research and Policy at a human rights non-governmental organisation based in the West Midlands.

Selected Publications

BOOKS
* Islamophobia. London: Ashgate.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
* 'Das erste Jahrzehnt der Islamphobie' in Bunzl, J. & Hafez, F., (eds.) (2009) Islamophobie in Österreich. StudienVerlag: Vienna.
* 'Islamophobia in Europe' in Amghar, S., Boubekeur, A. & Emerson, M. (eds.) (2007) European Islam: The Challenges for public policy and society. Brussels: Centre for European Policy Studies.
* 'What is Islamophobia? An evolutionary timeline' in DELGADO, M. (ed.) (2006) Islam in Europa: Zwischen Weltpolitik und Alltagssorgen. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
* 'Endemisch europees of een europese epidemie? Islamophobia in Europa na 11 september 2001' in PLATE, L. & SMELIK, A. (eds.) (2006) 11 september in de kunsten. Amsterdam: Van Gennep.
* 'From race to religion: the new face of discrimination' in ABBAS, T. (ed.) (2005) Muslim Britain: communities under pressure. London: Zed Books.
* 'Endemically European or a European epidemic? Islamophobia in contemporary Europe' in GABRIEL, & T., GEAVES, R. (eds.) (2004) Islam and the West: a post September 11th perspective. London: Ashgate.
* 'Islamophobia in the EU post-September 11th' in HAMID, A. (ed.) (2002) The Quest for Sanity: reflections on September 11th and the aftermath. London: MCB.

ARTICLES IN PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS
* 'Fear and loathing: the political discourse in relation to Muslims and Islam in the contemporary British setting' in Politics & Religion journal (Vol IV no.2 Autumn 2010).
* 'Down with multiculturalism, book-burning and fatwas': the death of multiculturalism and its implications for Muslims in Journal for Culture and Religion (2007, no.2, vol 8).
* (Muslim) Boyz-n-the-Hood in International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World Review (2006, no.18) Leiden, NL: ISIM.
* ALLEN, C. & BURKE, D., Entrepreneurial consultancies in religious studies in Discourse: learning and teaching in philosophical and religious studies (2005, Vol.4, no.2 Spring). Leeds: Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies at the Higher Education Academy.
* Justifying Islamophobia: a post-9/11 consideration of the European Union and British contexts in American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (no.3, volume 21, Summer 2004) Denver: AMSS & IIIT.
* Islamophobia: the Runnymede Trust and beyond in British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin (no.101, March 2004). Wolverhampton: BASR.
* The impact of the Runnymede Trust on Islamophobia in the UK in Boce: revue romande des sciences humaines, (2003). Geneva: University of Geneva.

POLICY DOCUMENTS
* An overview of key Islamophobia research. London: National Association of Muslim Police (2010).
* Policy focus: the Equalities Bill. Markfield: Policy Research Centre (2010).
* The 'Religion or Belief' Equality Strand in Law and Policy: Current Implications for Equalities & Human Rights. London: British Humanist Association (2009).
* Taking liberties. Birmingham: BRAP (2007).
* FH17: Intelligent funding: from vision to reality. London: Finance Hub (2007).
* FH16: The decline of local authority grants: fact or fiction? London: Finance Hub (2007).
* A normal week: Islam and Muslims in the national press in Islam and Muslims in the UK media: text, talk and imagery. London: Greater London Authority (2007).
* Securitization and Religious Divides in Europe: Islamophobia in the United Kingdom. Paris: European Commission on Security Issues in Europe (2006).
* Fair justice: the Bradford disturbances, the sentencing and the impact. London: FAIR (2003).
* Written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences. London: FAIR (2002).
* ALLEN, C. & NIELSEN, J.S., Summary Report on Islamophobia in the EU15 after 11 September 2001. Vienna: European Monitoring Centre for Racism and Xenophobia

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18 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Germinal TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2011
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Any book which discusses and opposes the bigotry of the moment is welcome. This is an interesting book, certainly useful in parts but is ultimately a little frustrating and something of a missed opportunity. There are better analyses of the issue, specifically the politics, of Islamophobia in existence.

The basis of Allen's book is a critique of the Runnymede Trust's analysis of Islamophobia and his suggestion of an alternative definition, and this is one of the most useful parts of the book.

Allen argues that the Runnymede Trust definition itself essentialises Muslims and Islam and the Trust is inconsistent in the way that it treats Antisemitism and Islamophobia. The criticism is fair enough and the alternative definition that Allen offers at the end of the book is useful enough. The critique does seem stuck, however, in the realm of academic sociological models rather than in the world of politics.

Allen recognises long standing hostility in the West to Islam and yet places too much emphasis on terrorist atrocities like 9/11 and 7/7 as the cause of Islamophobia. The motivation of the terrorists, the injustices perpetrated by Western powers in the Islamic world, don't seem to warrant a mention, the terrorist attacks, in Allen's narrative, seem to just happen - without context. In other parts of the book, Allen acknowledges that a colonialist past has shaped the Western view of Muslims but current wars and conflicts and the role they play in shaping events are not considered.
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1 of 14 people found the following review helpful By CENTRAL LONDON MAN on 28 Feb. 2014
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THESE PEOPLE ARE FRM A CULTURE INCOMPATIBLE WITH SOPHISTICATED URBANE ENVIROMENTS.THEY ARE FIRMLY ROOTED IN THEIR OWN CULTURE.IVE NEVER SEEN ANY AT THE OPERA,THEATRE,OR ART MUSEUM. THEY SHOULD REMAIN IN AN ENVIORMENT THEY CAN EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS..THEIR OWN COUNTRY IS A GD EXAMPLE!
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