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Detained Without Cause: Muslims' Stories of Detention and Deportation in America After 9/11 (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)by Irum Shiekh
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Richly told and uniquely heartrending, this book collects personal narratives of Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Egypt, India, and Palestine who were racially profiled, detained indefinitely, and mistreated following the September 11 attacks. From descriptions of physical abuse at the hands of American prison employees to a harrowing account of extraordinary rendition and torture in Egypt, these powerful stories will inspire both empathy and outrage. Exploring themes of globalization and ethnic tension in the context of the global war on terror, Irum Shiekh here provides a space for former detainees to tell their stories and reveal the human cost of suspending civil liberties after a wartime emergency.
"Part of a series of oral history projects, this brave book presents the first-person narratives of six Muslim men detained on flimsy or invented charges and ultimately deported after September 11, 2001. Though Shiekh originally profiled 40 such cases, this cross-section clearly represents an undeniably larger trend. The introduction coherently frames Shiekh's own experiences with racial profiling (two of her brothers, both U.S. citizens, were investigated by the FBI), along with a concise history of America's penchant for 'creating enemy aliens,' and the government's systematic tactics for entrapping and justifying this most recent round of detentions. Shiekh is methodical about her research methods and explicit about her communication with detainees, who were humiliated, lied to, and abused in prison. The stories are heartbreaking both in their individuality and their repetition. The power of Shiekh's profile of Pakistani Anser Mehmood grows as we learn the perspective of Mehmood's wife and children. Egyptian national Yasser Ebrahim reflects that, 'fter two towers fall, you can build hundreds of new towers, but you can't bring back even one life.' Though his claim is irrefutable, Shiekh's dedication to honoring these voices and exposing the mistreatment of these men creates momentum from what these families lost. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Powerful stories from Muslim Americans detained and abused in the aftermath of September 11th.
Richly told and deeply troubling, this book collects personal narratives of Muslim immigrants to the United States who were racially profiled, detained indefinitely, and mistreated following the September 11 attacks. From descriptions of physical abuse within American prisons to a harrowing account of extraordinary rendition and torture in Egypt, these powerful stories will inspire both empathy and outrage. Exploring themes of identity and ethnic tension against the backdrop of the global war on terror, Irum Shiekh here provides a space for former detainees to tell their stories and reveal the human cost of suspending civil liberties after a wartime emergency.
About the Author
Irum Shiekh is a Visiting Scholar of Asian American Studies at UCLA.
Table of Contents
Azmath Mohammad: Transnational Implications of 9/11 Detentions * Ansar Mahmood: Lifelong Deportation: A Legal Residents Punishment for Helping a Friend * Anser Mahmood and Family: Uprooting Immigrants, Uprooting Families * Nabil Ayesh: Loss of Civil Liberties for Muslims after 9/11 * Mohammad E.: Propagating and maintaining the global war on terror * Yaser Ebrahim: Reclaiming civil rights
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