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Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

I reviewed a couple of new(ish) books. Following are snippets from the two reviews. Junaid Rana, Terrifying Muslims: Race and Labor in the South Asian Diaspora A few days after 9/11, Mark Stroman walked into a Dallas petrol pump and shot the attendant, Rais Bhuyian, in the face. Before pulling the trigger, he asked the Bangladeshi [...]

This is the second, and concluding, reflection of a two-part essay. This essay is dedicated to the memory of Michael Hastings. Following the first part of this essay, I want to outline here some thoughts on how the practices of the post-9/11 security state in the US dovetail with the current social forms of American patriotism [...]

Authoritarianism and an NSA Utopia Circa 1984

Sarah Waheed I grew up in Saudi Arabia during the pre-internet age, in the garrison corporate enclave of Dhahran. Located in the Eastern Provinces, it is home to Saudi Aramco, the largest, wealthiest oil company in the world. When people ask me what it was like to grow up in Saudi Arabia—wincing with pity as [...]

Part of this essay is adapted from my book manuscript, "Refuge: A work of Memory, Cities, and Loss." My deepest gratitude to the archivists at the National Archives at San Francisco and the Bancroft Library at Berkeley, who keep our pasts--and, through those pasts, our futures--alive. This is the first part of a two-part essay. [...]

[This is the final installment of M. Neelika Jayawardane's three-part essay on Mahvish Khan's memoir. A longer version will appear in an edited collection. Previously: I, II ] III  Khan’s My Guantánamo Diary: A Memoir in the Interstices Americans love personal confession and public testimony -- whether on the Oprah Winfrey show, in a church or in a [...]

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