Monday, February 07, 2011

Another day, another foreword

Eugene of The Volokh Conspiracy notes a new book, Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims, by Stephen Sheehi. More to the point, he notes the preface by mellifluous murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal and foreword by aggrieved fat fake Injun Ward Churchill. A couple of commenters over there wondered if Sheehi, associate professor of Arab and Arabic culture and director of the Arabic program at the University of South Carolina, might not have been aware the twin scumbags of different psychotic gerbils were hired to mess up his book. Commenter "krs" sets them straight:
The Amazon “Product Description” gives a few more clues about what Sheehi’s book is about, and why the preface and foreword authors were chosen:
Using “Operation Desert Storm” as a watershed moment, Stephen Sheehi examines the increased mainstreaming of Muslim-baiting rhetoric and explicitly racist legislation, police surveillance, witch-trials and discriminatory policies towards Muslims in North America and abroad. The book focuses on the various genres and modalities of Islamophobia from the works of rogue academics to the commentary by mainstream journalists, to campaigns by political hacks and special interest groups. [lotsa text cropped] Sheehi, therefore, concludes that Muslim and Arab-hating emanate from all corners of the American political and cultural spectrum, serving poignant ideological functions in the age of economic, cultural and political globalization. Mumia Abu Jamal’s elegant Preface and Ward Churchil’s powerful Foreword further contextualize and foreground Sheehi’s seminal contribution.
So, if I'm counting right, that's three forewords and a book chapter Wart has done since his lawsuit was tried. I'm guessing those are the "four books" he was writing and from which, he once complained, he was so untimely ripp'd by the trial.

Update: The WSJ blog Ideas Market noticed too.

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