Muslim Narratives of Schooling in Britain: From ‘Paki’ to the ‘Would-Be Terrorist’

  • Tania SaeedEmail author


Muslim students in schools continue to be implicated in the British state’s counter-terrorism agenda. With government policies ‘monitoring’, ergo ‘assisting’ young Muslims in schools by preventing their possible radicalization, the entire Muslim community, from children to adults, have become ‘suspects’. However, misunderstanding and ignorance about the Muslim identity already existed before 7/7. The chapter presents biographical accounts of Muslim women who reflect on their schooling experiences before and after 7/7, suggesting how racism and ignorance about the troubled ‘Paki’ was already prevalent in schools, which has now taken the guise of the dangerous ‘would-be’ terrorist. While participant experiences vary based on school demographics, their narratives are nonetheless instrumental in highlighting the limitations of a security policy that incites greater anxiety about the Muslim student.


Violent Extremism Muslim Student Inclusion Centre Muslim Identity Potential Terrorist 
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  1. 1.Lahore University of Management SciencesLahorePakistan

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