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Islamophobia and Securitization

Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice


About this book


This book explores everyday realities of young Muslim women in Britain, who are portrayed as antithetical to the British way of life in media and political discourse. The book captures how geo-political events, and national tragedies continue to implicate individuals and communities at the domestic and local level, communities that have no connection to such tragedies and events, other than being associated with a religio-ethnic identity. The author shows how Muslim women are caught within the spectrum of the vulnerable-fanatic, always perceived to be ‘at risk’ of being 'radicalized'. Focusing on educated Muslim females, the book explores experiences of Islamophobia and securitization inside and outside educational institutions, and highlights individual and group acts of resistance through dialogue, with Muslim women challenging the metanarrative of insecurity and suspicion that plagues their everyday existence in Britain. Islamophobia and Securitization will be of inte

rest to scholars and students researching Muslims in the West, in particular sociologists, anthropologists, and political scientists. It will also appeal to analysts and academics researching security and terrorism, race and racialization, as well as gender, immigration, and diaspora. 


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lahore University of Management SciencesLahorePakistan

About the authors

Tania Saeed is Assistant Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. Her area of specialization is democratization and social exclusion with a focus on religious minorities, gender, and security in the context of the United Kingdom and Pakistan. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Islamophobia and Securitization
  • Book Subtitle Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice
  • Authors Tania Saeed
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-32679-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81346-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-32680-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity Studies
    Sociology of Religion
    Religion and Gender
    Gender Studies
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“This book is a highly critical academic insight into unexplored and explored themes around radicalisation, race, colonialism, immigration, multiculturalism, gender, security and terrorism. Saeed compiles, in an informed and accessible writing style, the voices of resistance in young Muslim women in the UK from within the educational system and beyond … .” (Fernán Osorno Hernández, Network, 2018)

“In this book, Saeed explores the securitisation of British Muslims, specifically Muslim women of Pakistani origin. … Saeed’s work provides an important contribution to the discourse about Islam in Britain. … It is a must-read for anyone working on or interested in understanding the British Muslim experience and countering extremism in Britain.” (Amani El Sehrawey, LSE Review of Books,, July, 2017)