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FAU Presents the Lecture “The Muslims Are Coming: Racism and the Politics of Empire”

BOCA RATON (October 8, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communications and Multimedia Studies in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will host Deepa Kumar, associate professor of Media Studies and Middle East Studies at Rutgers University with the lecture “The Muslims Are Coming: Racism and the Politics of Empire.” The lecture will be on Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Building, room 101, on the Boca Raton campus, at 777 Glades Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.

”Islamophobia” became an especially familiar term in the United States following the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. The term has been used as much to combat anti-Muslim sentiment or efforts as it has been to attack Muslim-Americans and deny the very existence of what can be identified as Islamophobia.

In a new book “Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire,” Kumar argues that Islamophobia has a long history. In fact, creating anti-Muslim fervor was vital to European and American projects of empire building.

“This book is about the image of ‘Islam,’ that mythical creation conjured out of the needs of empire that has led even progressives to claim that Muslims are more violent than any other religious group,” Kumar writes in the introduction.

Kumar is the author of “Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike.” She has explained her unique understanding of Islamophobia in a wide array of international media outlets, including the BBC, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mexico’s Proseco, China International radio, and Gulf News from Dubai.

For more information about the lecture, contact Noemi Marin at or 561-297-3851.


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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