Constructing a New Imagery for the Muslim Woman: Symbolic Encounters and the Language of Radical Empowerment

  • Alaya Forte
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


This chapter explores how Western symbols of political belonging, such as the flag, are being used in contemporary Britain as tools to visually and visibly inform public debate on radicalisation. The campaign ‘Making A Stand,’ featured in The Sun and aimed at empowering British Muslim women to come together against Islamic State (IS), did just that. A closer analysis of this campaign, and the debates it generated, shows that it promoted a complex discourse on national belonging and the way in which British multiculturalism should be performed by Muslim (hijabi) women.


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  • Alaya Forte
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