Muslim Narratives on Islamophobia

 

Sara Yasin, “Muslims Shouldn’t Have To Be “Good” To Be Granted Human Rights”:

“I had to smile, to be polite, to dissolve the hostility of those who thought Muslims were savage, alien creatures. I had to accept the explanation that these incidents were either less significant than they felt or just evidence of one individual’s ignorance — and that it was my responsibility to change their minds. I was never supposed to see them as the product of all the vehement anti-Muslim narratives in pop culture and the news that helped justify the surveillance and arrests our communities experienced in the aftermath of 9/11. Over and over again, my non-Muslim friends told me to brush these things off because they didn’t really see them as part of a bigger, systematic inequality: That would have meant thinking about what role they had in changing it.”

 

Salem Haddad, “The Myth of the Queer Arab Life” on gay Arab identity and writing his novel Guapa:

“I almost didn’t write my novel because, as my fingers hovered over my English language keyboard, my thoughts turned to various articles, opinion pieces and books written by some Arabs and Muslims in western media; pieces that indulged narratives of oppression and talked about the need for sexual liberation in the Arab world; stories that pandered to orientalist fantasies and Islamophobic stereotypes. The same fantasies and stereotypes that get me detained and interrogated every time I pass through an American airport. The same fantasies and stereotypes that justify closing borders to refugees fleeing war zones. The same fantasies and stereotypes that help Western citizens sleep easy at night as their governments drop bombs on Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine and Iraq.”

 

Dina El-Rifai, “After the Election: Where do we go from here?”:

“I am an immigrant. I am a Muslim. I am a woman. Each piece of my identity has been picked apart, threatened, alienated, and attacked during these incredibly long several months that have led up to this election. Each piece of me now needs to heal. Just as each marginalized piece of our country needs to heal… Our communities deserve to heal. With healing, with love, with solidarity, will come justice and liberation.”

 

And follow the work of: Darakshan Raja, Hatem Bazian, Maha Hilal, Nadine Naber, Arun Kundnani, Zaheer Ali, Alex Shams, Lila Abu-Lughod, Saba Mahmood, Kalia Abiade

 

Plus statements by: Muslim  Alliance  for  Sexual  and  Gender  Diversity  (MASGD) & Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum (MAWPF) & Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative