'Do we really need 'good Muslims'? The dangers of Islamophilia for Islamophobia'
Todd Green, Luther College assistant professor of religion, will address how the post-9/11 era has given rise to the creation and identification of "good Muslims" by Western politicians and journalists in his lecture "Do we really need 'good Muslims?' The dangers of Islamophilia for Islamophobia" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in Room 102 of the Franklin W. Olin Building on the Luther campus.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
Green's lecture will discuss how the "good Muslim" is viewed as the antidote to the normative "bad Muslim" who is understood to be misogynistic, violent and anti-Western. "Good Muslims" are those who criticize Islam, fight to save Muslim women from Muslim men and express immense admiration for the West. Green will argue that the very construct of the "good Muslim" reinforces the idea that Muslims are by default objects of fear that must be tamed into "goodness" in order to be acceptable in and to Western societies.
Green, who received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, joined the Luther faculty in 2008. He teaches courses on European and American religious history. He is currently writing a book for Fortress Press that surveys the history and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia in the West. He contributes regularly to the religion section of The Huffington Post and co-chairs the Religion in Europe Group of the American Academy of Religion.