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The Impact of Islamophobia on Muslims in the U.S.
Event Type:Lecture
Location:1309 Centennial (Auditorium)
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Mahruq Khan
Organization/Department:Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Based on qualitative interviews with Arab and South Asian Muslim Americans in Chicago and Texas, this presentation examines the unique ways gender influences anti-Muslim discrimination as well as resistance to these experiences. Due to their religious identities, political leaders, the American press and neoconservatives have lumped Muslim American men and women into a newly formed racial category, though the American Muslim population varies quite a bit in race and ethnicity. Through this process, American Muslims are denied the privileges associated with social citizenship in the U.S. Through interactions with the state actors and non-state actors, boundaries of social citizenship are maintained and upheld. Muslim women are treated as if they threaten American cultural values while Muslim men are regarded as if they are a potential threat to national security. Given that gender plays a role in how Muslims are treated by other Americans, their resistance to this differential treatment also varies by gender. Muslim American women were more likely to resist the social exclusion while Muslim men felt silenced. This research reveals a growing need to examine the intersectionalities of Muslim experiences that incorporate an analysis of gender, race, citizenship and religion.
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