© 2014

Re-Imagining the Other

Culture, Media, and Western-Muslim Intersections

  • Editors
  • Mahmoud Eid
  • Karim H. Karim

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Karim H. Karim, Mahmoud Eid
    Pages 1-21
  3. Jack Goody
    Pages 23-34
  4. Salah Basalamah
    Pages 195-215
  5. Karim H. Karim, Mahmoud Eid
    Pages 217-231
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 233-250

About this book


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.


American Arab art Australian Bible British Canadian Christian civilization clash colonialism communication conflict resolution conflict crisis crisis management culture Enlightenment Europe femicide Islam media perception

About the authors

Salah Basalamah, University of Ottawa, Canada Mahmoud Eid, University of Ottawa, Canada Mohammad R. Ghanoonparvar, the University of Texas at Austin, USA Jack Goody, University of Cambridge, UK John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield, UK Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University, Canada Karim H. Karim, Carleton University, Canada Nabil Matar, University of Minnesota, USA Richard Rubenstein, George Mason University, USA

Bibliographic information


“A welcome contribution that provides a balanced insight into interactions between Western culture and societies with their Muslim counterparts. … an important milestone in developing the concept of the Clash of Ignorance, and proves the potential for the authors to take the implications of the idea further, perhaps even moving beyond the conceptual and terminological framework set by Said. … an important contribution and a must-read for scholars and students working on Western and Muslim relations.” (Omar Sayfo, Journal of Global Analysis, Vol. 7 (2), 2017)