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      Reading Power: Muslims in the War on Terror Discourse

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      Islamophobia Studies Journal
      Pluto Journals
      Muslim, war on terror, power relations, Orientalism
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            Abstract

            This paper analyzes the relationship between Muslims and the west defined at a particular moment in post 9/11 America and the war on terror context through a conversation in the novel The Submission (2011) by Amy Waldman. It critiques the construction of knowledge about Muslims and how this knowledge functions as part of a hegemonic discourse of Orientalism. The novel is about a public competition for an architectural design for a memorial marking the site of the World Trade Centre attacks in New York City. Khan is the architect who wins the competition through a blind selection process. But when his identity is revealed, public controversy erupts. Claire, the other protagonist in this encounter, is a white woman with two children, widowed in the 9/11 attacks. She is also a member of the selection committee. While Claire's assumptions denote western, hegemonic representations that define Muslims in narrow ways, Khan's responses represent a critique of this Orientalist construction, as well as indicating how it can be reshaped, with all the tension that this process provokes. This fictional encounter offers an opportunity to reflect on decolonial possibilities in the ‘real life’ encounter between Muslims and the west in the war on terror context.

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            Contributors
            Journal
            10.13169
            islastudj
            Islamophobia Studies Journal
            Pluto Journals
            23258381
            2325839X
            Fall 2014
            : 2
            : 2
            : 29-42
            Affiliations
            Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia
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            islastudj.2.2.0029
            10.13169/islastudj.2.2.0029
            4e5c1906-e199-4eee-8da7-80e3a8de6176
            © Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley

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            Social & Behavioral Sciences
            Muslim,war on terror,power relations,Orientalism

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