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Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Nonfiction. He is the editor of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara and co-editor of The Edward Said Reader. He is Professor of English visa mer at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. visa färre

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OK. Very New York centric. Could have done a better job providing some basic historical context.
bookman09919 | 6 andra recensioner | Aug 2, 2023 |
This book was upsetting to me. I understand that in the aftermath of the September 11th, 2001 attacks and the continual assaults by people of the faith that Muslim peoples were demonized and marginalized. When it comes right down to it I suppose people are afraid, but it is a shameful thing to have in your history. I am proud to be an American citizen, but when I see all these horrible ignorant things that people do to other people, it really makes me upset. It should not happen in a country like the United States, but even I am guilty of racial bias sometimes.… (mer)
Floyd3345 | 6 andra recensioner | Jun 15, 2019 |

This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Moustafa Bayoumi (NYU Press, $19.95).

Moustafa Bayoumi is an English professor, actor and essayist, and This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror collects essays that have been published over the last several years. The essays focus on what Bayoumi calls the “War on Terror culture,” which has actually worsened since the election of President Obama, thanks to the persistent conspiracy theory that he’s a secret Muslim out to institute sharia law.

Those of us who are close to–or are–Muslim Americans know how very difficult it has become to navigate life in the U.S., where every Muslim, no matter how secular, is expected to denounce every act of terrorism everywhere in the world and, even if this is done religiously, remains suspect in some corners. What Bayoumi does is make this near-universal experience visible for those of who might not otherwise see it in action; if we lack a diverse group, it’s quite easy to miss the reality of Islamophobia as it plays out both in our institutions and in our communities.

Bayoumi examines at the tactics used by the NYPD in Arab Muslim communities (and you can bet that these are similar to tactics used elsewhere); the ways that Islamophobia manifests both similarly and differently to “typical: American racism; and the history of Little Syria, an Arab American neighborhood in lower Manhattan that flourished from the 1880s to the 1940s—and that overlapped with the footprint of the World Trade Center.

This last section is particularly fascinating, as most Americans don’t know how integral Muslim Americans have been to building the United States, nor how deeply rooted these communities are; the story of “Little Syria” is a wonderful example of hidden American history.

(Reviewed on Lit/Rant: www.litrant.tumblr.com)
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KelMunger | Oct 20, 2015 |
This is the common reading for incoming students at my university for the Fall of 2013. The author writes biographical profiles of about half a dozen Arab-Americans who live in Brooklyn, New York and how their lives changed in the wake of 9/11. The young people who served in the military had especially interesting profiles, I thought. This book shows how pervasive racism is in the U.S.
mojomomma | 6 andra recensioner | Jul 30, 2013 |


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