'The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West'

Luther College's Todd Green combats Islamophobia in his new book "The Fear of Islam: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the West." The book, published May 1, is available through Fortress Press, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and IndieBound.

In "The Fear of Islam," Green surveys Islamophobia, the fear and prejudice of Islam and those who practice it, in the Western world. He examines the political and imperial forces that have been apparent for much of Western history. This rise of hostility and bigotry toward Islam has led to controversial proposals of laws, public anger and countless acts of violence. Green says we need a dialogue on religion and the fear and prejudice of Islam that arises in the absence of religious knowledge.

The book includes a discussion on fighting Islamophobia that draws on interviews Green conducted with prominent public figures including Tariq Ramadan, Eboo Patel, Ingrid Mattson, Dalia Mogahed and Keith Ellison.

Prior to joining the Luther faculty in 2008, Green received a bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern College, a Masters of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary and master's and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University.

Green's research focuses on Islamophobia, secularization and interfaith dialogue in the West. He is the past co-chair of the Religion in Europe Group of the American Academy of Religion, serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal "Religions" and is the editor of "Islam, Immigration, and Identity," a collection of scholarly essays on the growth and increasing visibility of Muslim communities in the West. He is a regular contributor to the religion section of "The Huffington Post" and author of the book "Responding to Secularization: The Deaconess Movement in the Nineteenth-Century Sweden" published by Brill Publishing in 2011.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.