This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror Review

Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake “Mustafa Bayoumi” was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a book he had written was seen by right-wing media as pushing an “anti-American, pro-Islam” agenda, and was asked by a U.S. citizenship officer to drop his middle name of Mohamed.

Others have endured far worse fates. Sweeping arrests following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 led to the incarceration and deportation of thousands of Arabs and Muslims, based almost solely on their national origin and immigration status. The NYPD, with help from the CIA, has aggressively spied on Muslims in the New York area as they go about their ordinary lives, from noting where they get their hair cut to eavesdropping on conversations in cafés. In This Muslim American Life, Moustafa Bayoumi reveals what the War on Terror looks like from the vantage point of Muslim Americans, highlighting the profound effect this surveillance has had on how they live their lives. To be a Muslim American today often means to exist in an absurd space between exotic and dangerous, victim and villain, simply because of the assumptions people carry about you. In gripping essays, Bayoumi exposes how contemporary politics, movies, novels, media experts and more have together produced a culture of fear and suspicion that not only willfully forgets the Muslim-American past, but also threatens all of our civil liberties in the present.

-from http://nyupress.org/books/9781479835645/

Title:This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror
Edition Language:English

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  • Sara

    This is a valuable read with 3/4 of it's sections (Muslims in History, Muslims in Theory, and Muslims in Culture) being quite strong. The third section, Muslims in Politics gets a bit repetive. I real...

  • Juanita Johnson

    I read this one for book club. I've got mixed emotions. At times, this book is self, literally, self-serving. The author is making a name for himself. However, the author provided good fact checked in...

  • Jules Bertaut

    This book was more like a collection of essays, and written in a more academic register than a lot of what I've read lately, so reading it was a bit of an adjustment. Also, it feels a little dated, th...

  • David Lucander

    An incisive and well-written collection of essays, this book is an obvious (and long awaited) follow up to Bayoumi's How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America. My favorites we...

  • Amy

    I found this book with its plain blue cover sitting on the new book shelf at the library. I had just picked up another book "The Terrorist's son" by Zak Ebrahim that I had on hold. I was very glad I d...

  • Shannon Wyss

    A very good book with a lot of great insight and information.The first couple chapters are important but rough. Bayoumi makes a lot of references to Muslim thought and Arabic words without necessarily...

  • Mike

    This turned out to be reprints of a number of relatively recent articles by Bayoumi, some better than others. Didn't finish it, though that's probably not Bayoumi's fault....

  • Mills College Library

    305.697 B3617 2015...

  • Gary Itano

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  • Renee Ortenzio

    Not the easiest book to read, but it does give insight into how we view Muslims in America...