Securitizing the Muslim Female: Islamophobia and the Hidden Terrorist
The chapter focuses on the securitization of the Muslim female and its link to Islamophobia. In examining how the Muslim female identity oscillates between the oppressed victim and the hidden radical, the chapter begins with a discussion of media accounts of Muslim women and the emergence of individuals such as Samina Malik—the ‘lyrical terrorist’, Roshonara Chaudhry and the more recent ‘jihadi brides’. These women lend credence to the belief that Muslim women, just as Muslim men, can be a potential threat, oxymoronically hiding in plain sight. Within this backdrop, the chapter explores participant narratives about their Muslim female identity, focusing on both veiled and non-veiled Muslim participants who are caught within external categories of the moderate/extremist that influence their everyday lives.
KeywordsFemale Genital Mutilation Security Threat Muslim Woman Muslim Community Security Agenda
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