Dec 01, 2017
Editors: Hatem Bazian, UC Berkeley; Zaytuna College | Maxwell Leung, California College of the Arts


Islamophobia Studies Journal, Fall 2017, Volume 4, Issue 1

A peer-reviewed journal produced by the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.



Trump and the Collapse of Neoliberal Economic Order!

The string of right-wing political parties gaining the upper hand in elections across Europe and now joined by Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. election points to a much bigger phenomenon: the collapse of the neoliberal economic and political order. Consequently, focusing on each election outcome across Europe and the U.S. misses the overall global picture and the economic, political and social trends that are at work, which are transforming the world as we know it. Debating the massive influx of immigrants from the global south and from war-torn countries, loss of jobs and decline in income levels in the global north and the rapid demographic shifts caused by them masks the real causes behind them.

The economic and political instability across the global south was brought about by policies that have been put in place over a long period of time. These policies were supported by liberal and conservative parties alike in the U.S. and Europe with devastating impacts across the globe. Political elites across the globe bought into a neoliberal economic model that called for privatization, leveraged financing, expanded public debt, de-regulation, free movement of capital and a manufacturing shift to countries that provided the cheapest labor cost and fewest environmental protection guidelines. Overseeing this neoliberal order was the World Bank and the IMF, the structural bouncers for the global financial system.

In a short period of time, the neoliberal economic and political models became the effective blueprint for every country seeking to enter into the global market. Entry into the global market meant disruptions to the local industry and economy, as well as increased dependence on multi-national corporations for downstream assembly jobs and opportunities. More than anything else, the global market was driven by trickle-up economics to the Northern Hemisphere, and a financial pipeline was set up that sucked every possible penny from the Southern Hemisphere. Neoliberal economic and political order translated into massive uprooting of work force which was coupled with the intrusive long arm of Northern Hemisphere agribusiness that laid claim to vast arable lands and the displacement of farmers from ancestral lands.

By disrupting industry and agriculture in the Southern Hemisphere, the multi-national corporations from the global north—which were supported by political elites in the North and corrupt elites in the South—created the conditions that resulted in civil and regional wars. Even when we think of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, the real stimulus for conflicts in the region centers on oil and natural gas first and foremost, which gets masked by a fictitious and fomented religious tension. Furthermore, the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are intertwined with oil interest and the desire to limit China’s access to this most valuable and strategic resource.

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Hatem Bazian
University of California, Berkeley
Co-Founder, Zaytuna College

Maxwell Leung
California College of the Arts

About the Cover

The cover art work is a piece by Cartoonist Carlos Lattuf, which was commissioned by IRDP to draw attention to Trump’s instituted Muslim Ban.


Table of Contents (Download abstracts):
  • Editorial Statement: Trump and the Collapse of Neoliberal Economic Order!
    Hatem Bazian and Maxwell Leung
  • Understanding Islamophobia in Asia: The Cases of Myanmar and Malaysia
    Mohamed Nawab Bin Mohamed Osman
  • Surveillance, Islamophobia, and Sikh Bodies in the War on Terror
    Katy P. Sian
  • Institutionalising Islamophobia in Switzerland: The Burqa and Minaret Bans Vista Eskandari and Elisa Banfi
  • Can Muslims Fly? The No Fly List as a Tool of the “War on Terror”
    Uzma Jamil
  • Racializing “Oriental” Manliness: From Colonial Contexts to Cologne
    Zuher Jazmati and Nina Studer
  • From Orientalist Sexual Object to Burkini Terrorist Threat: Muslim Women through Evolving Lens
    Sana Tayyen
  • Reading History into Law: Who Is Worthy of Reparations? Observations on Spain and Portugal’s Return Laws and the Implications for Reparations
    Jinan Bastaki
  • Islamophobia as a Deterrent to Halal Global Trade
    Barbara Ruiz-Bejarano

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