Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans After 9 11 by Lori Peek

By Lori Peek

As the United States attempted to soak up the surprise of the 9-11 assaults, Muslim american citizens have been stuck up in an extraordinary wave of backlash violence. Public dialogue published that frequent false impression and misrepresentation of Islam continued, regardless of the impressive range of the Muslim neighborhood. Letting the voices of one hundred forty traditional Muslim American women and men describe their studies, Lori Peek's path-breaking publication, in the back of the Backlash, provides relocating money owed of prejudice and exclusion. Muslims converse of being subjected to harassment sooner than the assaults, and recount the discrimination they encountered afterwards. Peek additionally explains the struggles of younger Muslim adults to solidify their neighborhood and outline their identification in the course of a time of nationwide obstacle. in the back of the Backlash seeks to give an explanation for why blame and scape-goating ensue after a disaster. Peek units the twenty-first century adventure of Muslim americans, who have been vilified and victimized, within the context of bigger sociological and mental techniques. Peek's booklet may be of curiosity to these in catastrophe examine experiences, sociology of faith, and race and ethnic family members.

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First, drawing on official statistics and in-depth interviews, I examine the character and breadth of discrimination that Muslim Americans have endured before and especially after the 9/11 attacks. As this book shows, Muslim Americans were confronted with stereotypes and harassment prior to 9/11. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, Muslims experienced a dramatic increase in the frequency and intensity of these hostile encounters. Behind the Backlash documents the verbal harassment; violent threats and intimidation; physical assault; religious profiling; and employment, educational, and housing discrimination that Muslims faced following 9/11.

The language that they spoke in their homes was usually something other than English. The food that their mothers would prepare looked, tasted, and smelled different than the dishes that were served in their school cafeterias and their friends’ homes. Their Islamic names sounded unfamiliar and led to uncomfortable moments, such as when strangers would stumble over the pronunciation or classmates would tease them on the playground. The clothes that they wore tended to be less revealing and more “old-fashioned” than what their peers would wear.

On the morning of September 11. In his brief remarks, the president confirmed that a terrorist incident had indeed taken place: “Today we’ve had a national tragedy,” Bush said from an elementary school he was visiting in Sarasota, Florida. 3 Only minutes after the president finished his address, the third hijacked airliner hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. , the fourth hijacked plane crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania. S. economic, military, and political power. The first two hijacked commercial airliners brought down the 110-story twin towers of the World Trade Center and led to the partial or total collapse of seven other buildings in the financial district of lower Manhattan.

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