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This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

Moustafa Bayoumi

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ISBN 10: 1531871429 / ISBN 13: 9781531871420
Published by Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio, 2016
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Title: This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from ...

Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: MP3 CD

Book Condition:Good

Edition: MP3 Una.

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Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake "Mustafa Bayoumi" was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a book he had written was seen by right-wing media as pushing an "anti-American, pro-Islam" agenda, and was asked by a US citizenship officer to drop his middle name of Mohamed. Others have endured far worse fates. Sweeping arrests following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 led to the incarceration and deportation of thousands of Arabs and Muslims, based almost solely on their national origin and immigration status. The NYPD, with help from the CIA, has aggressively spied on Muslims in the New York area as they go about their ordinary lives, from noting where they get their hair cut to eavesdropping on conversations in cafés. In This Muslim American Life, Moustafa Bayoumi reveals what the War on Terror looks like from the vantage point of Muslim Americans, highlighting the profound effect this surveillance has had on how they live their lives. To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in an absurd space between exotic and dangerous, victim and villain, simply because of the assumptions people carry about you. In gripping essays, Bayoumi exposes how contemporary politics, movies, novels, media experts, and more have together produced a culture of fear and suspicion that not only willfully forgets the Muslim-American past, but also threatens all of our civil liberties in the present. Illustration and design by James K. Hindle.

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“Some of the essays were written as many as 15 years ago.  Still, the policies he writes about have been much-discussed of late―from Muslim registration programs to increased surveillance of Muslim communities.”-amExpress

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