Post-9/11 Identity Politics of Muslim Americans

Florida Atlantic University, Honors College, 2013 - 102 Seiten
Many would argue that September 11, 2001 was another example of the incompatibility of western and Islamic civilizations. I argue that post-9/11 perceptions of Muslims and Muslim women are based on powerful and denigrating constructions of Muslim identities. I will look at scientific, media, and literary representations that have created and reinforced negative perceptions of Muslims as deviant and "Other." I will argue that contemporary governmental actions, through legislations and state actors, aimed towards racially profiling Muslims in the ongoing War Against Terror are unduly influenced by these scientific, literary, and media representations of Muslims and Muslim women. Moreover, most representations of Muslims silence and ignore the unique positionality and voice of Musllim women, who not only are implicated in these narratives of Muslims, but also simultaneously implications in the narratives of women. Therefore, as a Pakistani Muslim American woman, I will address the importance of including narratives from Muslim women in order to represent a more complete contemporary Muslim identity.

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