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"Good" and "Bad" Muslim Citizens: Feminists, Terrorists, and U.S. Orientalisms

  title={"Good" and "Bad" Muslim Citizens: Feminists, Terrorists, and U.S. Orientalisms},
  author={Sunaina Maira},
  journal={Feminist Studies},
  • Sunaina Maira
  • Published 30 December 2009
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Feminist Studies
THE WAR ON TERROR waged by the United States since 2001 has focused on religion, nationalism, and gender as hnchpins in the U.S. discourse about bringing "democracy" and "human rights," particularly "women's rights," to regions that presumably need to catch up with Western modernity. In this social Darwinist model, human subjects trapped in antidemocrati c, patriarchal, and tribalistic cultures need to be liberated in order to achieve the "freedom" of individual autonomy promised to the fittest… 

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