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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (3 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781681597
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781681596
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Arun Kundnani is one of Britain's best political writers, neither hectoring nor drily academic but compelling and sharply intelligent. The Muslims Are Coming should be widely read, particularly by liberals who consider their own positions unassailable.”
– Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian

“Kundnani’s argument is compelling in its dissection of governments’ disproportional responses.”
– Tanjil Rashid, Financial Times

“Kundnani's book is a fact-rich call for vigilance and clear thinking about the erosion of civil liberties and attitudes.”
– New Statesman

“A gripping exposition of how the west has made a post-communist enemy and, in some ways, ignited Islamicist terrorism.”
– Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Independent

“Arun Kundnani, a British-born scholar who is now an adjunct professor at New York University, is a different sort of leftist. He is not Muslim, either by background or conviction, but he maintains that "Islamophobia" is a thinly disguised form of racial prejudice, and that on both sides of the Atlantic, the war on terror has been an excuse for governments to ratchet up surveillance and harassment of people who are "guilty" of nothing worse than critical thought about their countries' domestic or foreign policies.”
– Economist

“An important and moving investigation of the costs of the ‘war on terror’ for those who have been its targets, including the thousands of innocent Muslims who have been infiltrated, entrapped, and surveilled in the search for the radicalized terrorist among us. Kundnani gives eloquent voice to the communities that have been regulated, watched, and silenced by the national security state.”
– David Cole, author of Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism

“A bold new look at the much discussed issue of surveillance, documenting how it impacts the communities most affected—American and British Muslims. With incisive reporting from across the US and the UK, combined with trenchant analysis, Arun Kundnani captures what it feels like to be a ‘suspect population.’”
– Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

“This timely and urgent analysis carefully examines the ideologies and law enforcement strategies that undergird the domestic War on Terror. What Kundnani finds is disturbing: sweeping, specious radicalization theory and racialized assumptions about the nature of Islam drive domestic counterterrorism practices. This has had devastating consequences for the rights and liberties of Muslims and the state of constitutional protections in the US and UK.”
– Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

“An incisive, scholarly, bold, and convincing critique of the never-ending ‘War on Terror,’ whose roots extend far beyond the tragedy of 9/11. An important work.”
– Wajahat Ali, cohost of Al Jazeera America's The Stream and author of The Domestic Crusaders

“Indispensable and powerful … Essential reading for government officials engaged in designing our counterterrorism policies, as well as readers trying to make sense of them.”
– Faiza Patel, Co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program, Brennan Center, NYU School of Law

“A must-read guide to the second decade of war waged on the home front.”
– John Feffer, author of Crusade 2.0: The West's Resurgent War on Islam

“Measuring his ideas against global terror experts, Kundnani offers hard alternatives to international security agencies, policing trends, and options for reasonable dissent in his thoughtful, rational plea to curb the War on Terror.”
– Publisher's Weekly

“Kundnani frankly and refreshingly moves away from ideological symptoms and toward political causes in tackling extremism.”
– Kirkus Reviews

"Excellent and timely… a compelling guide to the debate over the nature of British Islam." - Telegraph

About the Author

ARUN KUNDNANI is a visiting fellow at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He has been a visiting fellow at the London Metropolitan University, an Open Society Fellow of the Soros Foundation and the editor of the journal Race and Class. He is the author of The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain. He lives in New York.


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"Don't know much about History,
Don't know much Biology …"

Sam Cooke's lyrics to 'Wonderful World' should really have been used as the epigraph for Arun Kundnani's overview of the 'war on terror'. Instead he's given us Walter Benjamin - 'The tradition of the oppressed teaches us that the "emergency situation" in which we live is the rule.' True, no doubt, but a rather stiff and formal way of describing what's happening.

'The Muslims Are Coming!' is written in an academic and formal style, almost as if it started life as a thesis, and this makes the book quite heavy going. Which is a great pity, as it's the most relevant and insightful analysis of Islamophobia that I've seen - a tiny island of sanity in an ocean of blinkered prejudice.

"Don't know much about History". There are two main strands to Kundnani's book; the first being European and American people's almost total ignorance of the history of the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, and of Islam, and of the West's dealings with these regions, first as imperialists and later as neocolonialists.

It suits the American government that their citizens don't know any of this history, just as it is in the interest of the British government to downplay memories of the Suez invasion and their imperial role in Egypt, as well as the colonial rule in Kenya, Aden, India and Pakistan and all the rest. Contemporary history is treated this way too - Britain and America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are branded as 'foreign', 'overseas' - nothing to do with our lives 'here'.

So terrorist attacks have to be portrayed as taking place in some kind of political vacuum.
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By Adam on 5 April 2014
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Articulate, accurate and well researched. Deconstructs the modern day demon making sophistry with seeming ease. Exposes the false reasoning that impacts the lives of religious Muslims who are looked upon with suspicion. Demonstrates the falsity of the assumptions upon which counter terrorism policy is built. Sheds light on why the copius writings of its advocates all sing from the same hymn sheet. Clearly outlines how principles of liberalism and it's language have been appropriated to produce a form of identity politics that demands conformity, justifying coercion through soft and hard power. All presented in a very accessible writing style, yet reasoned with high academic standards. It's nuanced and offered what seemed to me to be impenetrable logic. Unfortunately our societies function on the trashy headlines of our red top newspapers. I hope this can filter it's way down into public discourse as it's arguments deserve to be heard by a wider audience. For anyone who cares about bettering our society and wants to reverse the police state apparatus which are fast becoming a normal part of the landscape this book is essential reading.
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I defy anyone who has an open mind not to find something of relevance on each page of this rather splendid book. Bravo. Highly recommend.
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A highly intelligent, insightful and frank read. Addresses the key issues around Islam and Muslims, deconstructing many assumptions that have been portrayed as truths. This is a book everyone must read.
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Provide insight into the war on terrorism and the Muslim struggle in the west. By labeling specific forms of violence as terrorism can be classed as a radical act. The book is well researched and makes a compelling case. The FBI s use of entrapment techniques was very interest but I found the book a bit hard going at times.l

Inciting hatred of Islam has become blown out of proportion with a lot of hate bloggers, governments thinking every Muslim is a potential jihadist and Muslims are a people under siege.
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It is a very well researched and well written book. It very robustly puts an alternative view of the current enigma of "Islamist ideology" which is being blamed for leading to terrorist actions. It also highlights that the prevailing thinking amongst the various law enforcing agencies is highly subjective and based on flawed research.
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I'm only a third of the way through this book so will simply say it is a really good read, very rarely 'academic' in tone yet academically far more rigorous than the government-funded productions of 'think tanks' and 'research groups' to which we are accustomed. Can't wait to get back to it....
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not an easy read, and it will take time to get through it, but yes, it is worth while and helps to clear a way through some misunderstandings.
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