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Islamophobia in Cyberspace: Hate Crimes Go Viral

ISBN13: 9781472458094
Published: March 2016
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Cyber hate can take many different forms from online material which can lead to actual offline abuse and violence, cyber violence; cyber stalking, and online harassment with the use of visual images, videos, chat rooms, text and social media which are intended to cause harm.

This book examines the case for current guidelines dealing with online anti-Muslim abuse and concludes that we require a new understanding of this online behaviour and the impact it can have on vulnerable communities. It is unique as it focuses on new technology in the form of social media and the Internet and explores the challenges the police and other agencies face when confronting anti-Muslim abuse in cyberspace.

It also provides a critique of how people are targeted by online offenders and helps us understand online anti-Muslim behaviour in a much more detailed and comprehensive way by bringing together a range of experts who will examine this phenomenon and critically discuss why they think it has become so much more prevalent than it was before.

Criminal Law
Introduction, Imran Awan
Cyber-Islamophobia and internet hate crime, Imran Awan
Virtual Islamophobia: the eight faces of anti-Muslim trolls on Twitter, Imran Awan
The normalisation of Islamophobia through social media: Facebook, Andre Oboler
Online hate and political activist groups, Brian Blakemore
The media impact of online Islamophobia: an analysis of the Woolwich murder, Mohammed Rahman
The psychology of online Islamophobia, Jane Prince
Legislation and international frameworks tackling online Islamophobia, Ewan Kirk
Policing anti-Muslim hate crime on the internet, Imran Awan
The experiences of victims of online Islamophobia, F. Jeane Gerard and Kate C. Whitfield
Islamophobia, hate crime and the internet, Imran Awan