Leadership, Populism, and Resistance
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Leadership, Populism, and Resistance

Edited by Kristin M.S. Bezio and George R. Goethals

Leadership, Populism, and Resistance draws upon the study of history, politics, policy, media, virtue, and heroism to examine the ways in which populism and popular movements have evolved, what we have learned (and failed to learn) from them, how we depict and discuss them through popular media and the press, and, finally, how we can understand virtue and heroism as a consequence—or reaction—to populism and popularity.
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Chapter 2: Muslims are the new Jesuits: what we can learn about leadership and modern Islamophobia from Shakespeares England

Kristin M.S. Bezio


Anti-Catholicism in early modern England (from 1558 to 1658) bears an alarming similarity to twenty-first-century American Islamophobia. From suggestions of an Islamic registry to tales of secret Jihadist cults operating in Florida, the paranoid anti-Islamic rhetoric of post-2001 populist America has some disturbing parallels to the one hundred years of virulent anti-Catholicism that transformed Shakespeare’s England following the death of Queen Mary. This chapter will examine the historical context surrounding anti-Catholic rhetoric and persecution in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England leading up to the Civil War, suggesting that modern Western leadership needs to take into consideration the toxic historical ramifications of such a campaign.

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