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    ‘The Muslim woman activist’: solidarity across difference in the movement against the ‘War on Terror’

    Massoumi, Narzanin (2015) ‘The Muslim woman activist’: solidarity across difference in the movement against the ‘War on Terror’. Ethnicities 15 (5), pp. 715-741. ISSN 1468-7968.

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    Feminist scholars have widely noted the centrality of gendered discourses to the ‘War on Terror’. This article shows how gendered narratives also shaped the collective identities of those opposing the ‘War on Terror’. Using interview data and analysis of newspaper editorials from movement leaders alongside focus groups with grassroots Muslim women activists, this article demonstrates how, in responding to the cynical use of women’s rights to justify war, participants in the anti-‘War on Terror’ movement offered an alternative story. Movement activists deployed representations of Muslim women’s agency to challenge the trope of the ‘oppressed Muslim woman’. I argue that these representations went beyond strategic counternarratives and offered an emotional basis for solidarity. Yet, respondents in the focus groups illustrated the challenges of seeking agency through an ascribed identity; in that they simultaneously refused and relied upon dominant terms of the debate about Muslim women.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Muslim women, social movements, war on terror, collective identity
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2015 12:07
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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