Detained without Cause by Irum Shiekh
Muslims' Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11 (Palgrave Studies in Oral History)

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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 Irum Shiekh

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Irum Shiekh is a Visiting Scholar of Asian American Studies at UCLA and currently is a Fulbright scholar at Birzeit University in Palestine.
Published February 15, 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan. 259 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Shiekh’s interviews reveal not only the state of mind of detainees during their incarceration but also how the arrest and terrorist charges damaged the individual’s reputation and livelihood once back in his native land, how this impacted his family and how it has affected attitudes toward the Un...

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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 jus...

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London School of Economics

Whilst this book may not persuade everyone that state power needs to reigned in, or subjected to the canon of individual rights, it will at least confront national security hawks with the full consequences of the policies pursued.

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