Re-Imagining the Other
Fig. 1. Re-Imagining the Other. Courtesy of Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Palgrave Macmillan published a new book titled "Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections" edited by Mahmoud Eid and Karim H. Karim.

Publication Data

Eid, Mahmoud & Karim, Karim H. (Eds.). Re-Imagining the Other: Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN: 9781137403650.


The twenty-first century exploded into the global imagination with unforgettable scenes of death and destruction. An apocalyptic 'clash of civilizations' seemed to be waged between two old foes - 'the West' and 'Islam.' However, the decade-long and ruinous 'war on terror' has prompted re-assessments of the militaristic approach to Western-Muslim relations. A growing number of academics, policymakers, religious leaders, journalists, and activists view the struggles as resulting from a 'clash of ignorance.' Re-imagining the Other examines the ways in which knowledge is manipulated by dominant Western and Muslim discourses. Authors from several disciplines study how the two societies have constructed images of each other in historical and contemporary times. The complexities and subtleties of their mutually productive relationship are overshadowed by portrayals of unremitting clash, thus serving as encouragement for the promotion of war and terrorism. The book proposes specific approaches to re-imagine the Other in order to mitigate Western-Muslim conflict.

Table of Contents

Preface by Mahmoud Eid and Karim H. Karim
Introduction: Imagining the Other by Karim H. Karim and Mahmoud Eid
1. Religion and Civilization by Jack Goody
2. On the Eve of the Napoleonic Invasion: Arab Perceptions of the World by Nabil Matar
3. Through Tinted Lenses: Iranian and Western Perceptions and Reconstructions of the Other by Mohammad R. Ghanoonparvar
4. The Clash of Civilizations 2.0: Race and Eurocentrism, Imperialism, and Anti-Imperialism by John M. Hobson
5. Perceptions about Muslims in Western Societies by Mahmoud Eid
6. A Clash of Discourses: Femicides or Honor Killings? by Yasmin Jiwani
7. Islamic, Islamist, Moderate, Extremist: Imagining the Muslim Self and the Muslim Other by Karim H. Karim
8. Religious Conflict, Empire-Building, and the Imagined Other by Richard Rubenstein
9. Translating Otherness by Salah Basalamah
Conclusion: Re-Imagining the Other by Karim H. Karim and Mahmoud Eid

About the Authors

Mahmoud Eid is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Canada. He has published several books about communication, media ethics, terrorism, political decision-making, race and representations, and research methods. 

Karim H. Karim is Director of the Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam and Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Canada. He is a critically-acclaimed and award-winning author who has written extensively about media depictions, diasporic communication, and Muslims in Western societies.

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