Author Archives: Deepa Kumar and Sarah Grey

About Deepa Kumar and Sarah Grey

Deepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of media studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the recently release book Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire. Sarah Grey is a freelance writer, book editor, and indexer at Grey Editing in Philadelphia. Her work has been published in International Socialist Review, Monthly Review, GRID, Motivos, and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History, forthcoming from Haymarket Books.

Furor in France: Mission civilisatrice and ‘muslim rage” in the motherland

As Muslims around the world protest their contemptuous treatment by the West, catalyzed by the provocative, racist American film Innocence of Muslims, the French media added fuel to the fire of by publishing offensive cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Left-wing alt-weekly Charlie Hebdo ran cartoons that depicted a naked, turbaned Muhammad in profoundly racist and offensive ways. To make matters worse, French interior minister Manuel Valls announced that demonstrations against Islamophobia would be officially banned and that “any incitement to hatred must be fought with the greatest firmness.”

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