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      From Virtual Internment to Actual Liberation: The Epistemic and Ontic Resistance of US Muslims to the Ideology of (Counter)terrorism–Islamophobia/Islamophilia

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      Islamophobia, Islamophilia, (counter)terrorism, resistance, actual liberation
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            This paper draws from my radical qualitative research on the link between Islamophobia/Islamophilia and (counter)terrorism in the US. For my book, Decolonial Psychoanalysis, I interviewed 19 US Muslims asking them about not only their experiences with Islamophobia but also, and more significantly, how they resist it. My conclusion, based on the analysis, is that US Muslims resist Islamophobia in at least two distinct ways: epistemically and ontically. These forms of resistance constitute what I call “actual liberation”.

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            Journal
            10.2307/j50018795
            islastudj
            Islamophobia Studies Journal
            Pluto Journals
            2325-8381
            2325-839X
            1 October 2019
            : 5
            : 1 ( doiID: 10.13169/islastudj.5.issue-1 )
            : 76-84
            Affiliations
            Northern New Mexico College, Española, NM
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            islastudj.5.1.0076
            10.13169/islastudj.5.1.0076
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            © Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project, Center for Race and Gender, University of California, Berkeley

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            Social & Behavioral Sciences
            (counter)terrorism,Islamophobia,resistance,Islamophilia,actual liberation

            ENDNOTES

            1. Domain Management is “a data-mining system using commercially available information, as well as government data such as immigration records, to pinpoint the demographics of specific ethnic and religious communities—say, Iranians in Beverly Hills or Pakistanis in the DC suburbs… with counterterrorism as the bureau's top priority, agents often look for those threats in Muslim communities—and Domain Management allows them to quickly understand those communities' makeup.” (Aaronson 2011)

            2. Cf. Foucault's (2003) “governmentality” and “biopower”; Mbembe's (2004) “necropower”; and Deleuze's (1992) “societies of control.”

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