Veiled Threats

Producing the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discourses

Naaz Rashid

Veiled Threats

Naaz Rashid

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447325178 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The war on terror and the Islamophobia it has unleashed have affected the lives of Muslims throughout the United Kingdom—but that affect is felt differently by men and women. This book looks specifically at the role of gender in the debate over terrorism and security, showing how the concept of the “Muslim woman” has been deployed as part of government and media discussions of terrorism and revealing how such stereotyping and mischaracterization affects the varied, distinct lives of countless Muslim women.
Contents
Prologue: Veiled threats?;
“Muslim women: your country needs you!” Gendering the UK’s ‘War on Terror’;
Gendered nationalisms: the ‘True’ Clash of Civilisations?;
Tales of the city: diversity in diversity, working between and within local differences;
Giving the silent majority a stronger voice?;
“As a mother and a Muslim”: maternalism and neoliberal empowerment;
A community of communities: privileging religion;
The Muslim Woman: victims of oppression or agents of change?;
Epilogue: some reflections on Prevent
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
"Veiled Threats should be required reading not only to academics researching counter-terrorism policy, nationalism, and feminism, but also to policy makers tasked with reviewing and implementing such policies. . . . Rashid’s book is a stern warning to policy makers of how problematic it is when security policy approaches identity in a reductive way."
Religion and Gender
"A valuable contribution that provides new scholarly insights into how policy contributes to the social construction of its target group – in this case the ‘Muslim woman’."
Arun Kundnani, New York University | author of "The Muslims are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror"
“This much-needed critical analysis is a major contribution to our understanding of the complex ways that the figure of the Muslim woman is debated, instructed, feared, and fetishized.”
Claire Alexander, University of Manchester
“With religion and gender at the heart of moral panics across Britain and Europe, from hijabs to jihadi brides, Rashid’s work could scarcely be more timely, or more necessary.”
Anna Piela, Leeds Trinity University
“Provides an excellent lens to look at future political initiatives that focus on Islam and successfully deconstructs the artificial and biased idealistic construction of a ‘Muslim woman’ in UK policy.”
Suki Ali, London School of Economics and Political Science
“Rashid skillfully challenges simplistic accounts of ‘the Muslim woman’ and reveals the complex and situated interplay of gender, race, religion, class, and culture in contemporary Britain.”
John Solomos, University of Warwick
“A challenging exposition of how Muslim women are represented in policy discourses and in the wider society. It reminds us that there is a need for clear, intelligent, and critical analysis of this important social issue.”
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