“Do We Really Need ‘Good Muslims’?” Green to Present Religion Forum Lecture on March 18

Todd Green, assistant professor of religion at Luther College, will address how the post-9/11 era has given rise to the creation and identification of 'good Muslims' by Western politicians and journalists. 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.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Olin 102. The event is free and open to the public.

Green, who received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, joined the faculty of Luther College 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.