New York, NY – 11/16/12

Speaking at- Beyond "Muslim Rage": Deconstructing Empire at Home and Abroad
Friday, November 16, 2012
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451 West Street
New York, NY, USA 10014
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Beyond "Muslim Rage"
Deconstructing Empire at Home and Abroad
Deepa Kumar, Sonny Singh & Saadia Toor

The summer of 2012 witnessed a rash of anti-Muslim attacks from homemade chemical bombs being thrown at Muslim schools to attacks at mosques. A mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned to the ground in an apparent arson attack one day after seven Sikhs were killed in a white supremacist rampage in a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Attacks on Arabs and Muslims are nothing new, and neither are incitements to and justifications of violence based on claims about an existential “Muslim threat.” In the wake of 9/11, Islamophobia – in both neoconservative and liberal forms – has been an important ideological pillar of the way in which the “War on Terror” has unfolded both at home and abroad. At the same time,legitimate Arab/Muslim anger at this state of affairs is immediatelycoded as irrational rage, with roots not in politics, but in atavistic cultural and religious norms. As a result, the ravages of empire escape interrogation.

In her new book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, Deepa Kumar analyzes the historical roots of Islamophobia, offering a sweeping historical analysis of the changing views of Islam and Muslims in the West, and examining the ways that ruling elites throughout history have used the specter of “a Muslim enemy” to justify their imperial projects.

By deconstructing the most persistent myths about Islam and Muslims, and explaining the role Islamophobia continues to play in justifying war abroad and political repression at home, Kumar makes a powerful case for a movement that challenges both anti-Muslim racism and the project of empire.

Join us for a conversation around these issues and how they play out against the backdrop of a long history of racialized empire.

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