The 9/11 Generation: Life in the Surveillance State

December 5, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Sunaina Marr Maira
Since the attacks of 9/11, the banner of national security has led to intense monitoring of the politics of Muslim and Arab Americans. Young people from these communities have come of age in a time when the question of political engagement is both urgent and fraught.

Burkinis in France and hijabs in Canada and Scotland: why so different?

August 29, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Moustafa Bayoumi
At the same time that the burkini bans were spreading and raising hackles around the world, Canada and Scotland also passed laws to allow Muslim female police officers to don hijabs as part of their official uniforms. How do we explain the difference between France on the one hand and Canada and Scotland on the other?

Can the ‘Good’ Muslim Trump Islamophobia?

August 25, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Sunaina Maira
The “9/11 generation” has come of age in the era of an entrenched binary of the “good” (moderate, patriotic, law-abiding) versus “bad” (radical, militant, anti-American) Muslim. Yet this script is flipped by youth who are challenging the policing of black and brown youth and policies of surveillance, incarceration, and counterterrorism and engaging in cross-racial solidarity.