Far-right activists at an Identitarian Movement of Austria anti-immigration rally in Vienna. The German-language signs read "Fortress Europe", "Close the Borders Now!", "My Home is Not an Immigrant Country", and "Europe, Youth, Reconquista". Photo: Wikimedia Commons

​The article, published in Journal of Contemporary European Studies, examines why anti-Muslim racism is so virulent and persistent today. Focusing on post-unification Germany, Lewicki and Shooman explore the broader function Islamophobia fulfills for society. The authors argue that anti-Muslim racism plays an important role in everyday discursive acts of nation-building, and assists in justifying multi-layered patterns of stratification

The article is open access and available here.