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Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy (MIT Press, 2016). For pricing and other details, visit the MIT Press site. Order from Amazon: click here.

Publishers Weekly (Best Books 2016)

“This timely work provides an essential warning against the misuse of perceived religious-based bias and an unmasking of the real motives of those who incite manufactured offense.”


Times Higher Education (Book of the Week)

“In the past two years, we have watched American democracy contort itself into a deformed version of polarised populism, stripped of its modern virtues of inclusivity, equality and social justice. George’s work demonstrates that this is a problem not just for the US, but one facing all developed democracies.” – Review by Angelia Wilson, University of Manchester (PDF).



“This is a highly important book. It shows conclusively that the charges of many secularists—that religions are filled with fanatics waiting to pour their wrath on the heads of transgressors against their narrow worldviews—is untrue. Only when cynical and manipulative politicians manage to skew debates and twist truths do we see this occurring. George has done both the scholarly and policy worlds a huge favour by telling it like it is. Anyone who wishes to know how and why such nasty, vituperative and shortsighted policies such as President Trump’s current one against American Muslims appear to be succeeding should read this book.” — Review by Jeffrey Haynes, co-editor, Democratization, and Director, Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation, London Metropolitan University.


International Journal of Press/Politics

“Cherian George’s treatise on the manufacture of hate must have seemed extraordinarily timely when he published it in 2016, but almost inconceivably, less than a year later, it has become timelier still. … Hate Spin represents a critical intervention into this discussion by going beyond analyses of legal and institutional policies designed to restrict or protect particular kinds of speech, to examine the strategic motives that underpin organized, collective offendedness. It is well worth a close read.” – Review by Cynthia Miller-Idriss.



“He exposes a political game that exploits the psychology of fear and hatred as a political weapon. This book fills the void in the landscape of books that expose the dirty political practice of using religious issues in discourse. … A reference on hate propaganda is especially important in the midst of the massive distribution of hoaxes today.” – Review by Santi Indra Asuti, Islamic University of Bandung. (PDF)



This is a wake-up call. If Indonesia does not get up immediately and take massive and systematic steps to strengthen the country’s pluralist model, we must be prepared one day for the country to turn into a Pakistan.” – Review by Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Centre for the Study of Religion and Democracy (PUSAD), Jakarta. (Full article)



The Straits Times

“This erudite and insightful study of how a certain self-righteousness is impeding everyone’s freedom and increasing inequality everywhere should be everyone’s go-to primer on what ails the 21st century and how to help the world heal.” – Review by Cheong Suk Wai, “The Big Read”. (PDF | Web)