Popular Testimonial Literature by American Cultural Conservatives of Arab or Muslim Descent: Narrating the Self, Translating (an)Other

  title={Popular Testimonial Literature by American Cultural Conservatives of Arab or Muslim Descent: Narrating the Self, Translating (an)Other},
  author={Adam Yaghi},
  journal={Middle East Critique},
  pages={83 - 98}
  • A. Yaghi
  • Published 2 January 2016
  • Sociology, Art
  • Middle East Critique
Abstract Bridgette Gabrielle, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, and Wafa Sultan, American writers of Arab or Muslim descent, have written testimonial narratives. They, I contend, take up the role of ethnographers or cultural insiders and produce highly problematic, yet popular, works which, neither purely literary nor solely political, allow them to play on their target audience’s expectations by performing as ethnic Americans. Yet, they manipulate their readers into believing that ethnic… 
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