IV. Policing, Security, Surveillance, and Anti-Muslim Racism
As a broad rubric of law enforcement, policing refers to the tactics and policies used to administer security logics, including everyday police practices, surveillance, entrapment, and specific targeting of individuals and communities. How do these forms of policing change the contours of everyday life? What new boundaries are created and what are the kinds of shifts that happen in social structures? This section addresses these issues specifically in relation to the intersection of policing practices with anti-Muslim racism and their impact on Muslim communities in the United States.
- “Islam on Trial” Forum in the Boston Review of Books (2017) (a set of recent pieces that address many of the issues in this section in the context of the Trump presidency).
- Abdullah Al-Arian, “Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order.”
- Junaid Rana, “The Racial Infrastructure of the Terror-Industrial Complex.” Social Text 34 (4):111-138, 2016.
Policing and Prisons
- Hishaam Aidi, “Jihadis in the Hood: Race, Urban Islam and the War on Terror,” Middle East Report.
- Sohail Daulatzai, “Protect Ya Neck (Remix): Muslims and the Carceral Imagination in the Age of Guantanamo” in Black Routes to Islam, eds Manning Marable and Hishaam Aidi (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009).
- Donna Auston, “Mapping the Intersections of Islamophobia and #BlackLivesMatter,” Sapelo Square.
Calls for Registration, NSEERS, and 2017 “Muslim Ban” Executive Orders
- “Special Registration: Discrimination and Xenophobia as Government Policy,” Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, 2004.
- Louise Cainkar, “Targeting Muslims, at Ashcroft’s Discretion” (NSEERS), Middle East Report, 2003.
- “The NSEERS Effect: A Decade of Racial Profiling, Fear, and Secrecy,” Penn State Law, Rights Working Group, 2012.
- “The #MuslimBan Primer: Key Terms and Timeline,” Ajam Media Collective.
- National Teach-in on the Jan 2017 Executive Order (video).
Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
- Margari Hill “Lessons from Our Past: CVE, Black American Muslims, and Social Justice,” Muslim Matters.
- “Fact sheet on CVE,” Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law.
- Kadra Abdi, Ayantu Ayana, Ramla Bile, Mohamed H. Mohamed, Julia Nekessa Opo, “The ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ Program Institutionalizes Injustice against Somalis,” Minnesota Post.
FBI and Law Enforcement Surveillance
- Trevor Aaronson, “Introduction,” and Chapters 1 and 2, in The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism (Brooklyn: Ig Publishing, 2013).
- Moustafa Bayoumi, “Introduction: My Muslim American Life,” In This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (New York University Press, 2015).
- Arshad Imitaz Ali, “Citizens under Suspicion: Responsive Research with Community under Surveillance.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 47(1):78-95, 2016.
- Robert Chalala, “Of Predators and Radicals: King’s Hearings the Political Economy of Criminalization,” Jadaliyya.
- Naz and Maalik (film).
Individual cases that highlight a range of issues
- “Reflections on Imam Jamil al-Amin (H Rap Brown),” Sapelo Square.
- Hatem Bazian, “Fighting for Palestine” (on Sami Al-Arian).
- Pair with: USA vs. Al-Arian (film).
- Michael Deutch and Erica Thompson, “Secrets and Lies: The Persecution of Muhammad Salah, Part 1 and Part 2,” Journal of Palestine Studies 37(4):38-58 and 38(1):25-53, 2008.
- Marc Lamont Hill, “Why Every Black Activist Should Stand With Rasmea Odeh.”
- Naamah Paley, “The Khalil Gibran International Academy: Diasporic Confrontations with an Emerging Islamophobia,” In Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and Friend. Ed. Andrew Shryock (Indiana University Press, 2010).
- Pair with Debbie Almontaser and Donna Nevel, “The Story of Khalil Gibran International Academy,” Monthly Review.
- Zareena Grewal, “Lights, Camera, Suspension: Freezing the Frame on the Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf-Anthem Controversy.” Souls 9(2), 2007.