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Veiled ThreatsRepresenting the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discourses$
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Naaz Rashid

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325178

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325178.001.0001

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Gendered nationalisms: the ‘true’ clash of civilisations?

Gendered nationalisms: the ‘true’ clash of civilisations?

(p.19) Two Gendered nationalisms: the ‘true’ clash of civilisations?
Veiled Threats

Naaz Rashid

Policy Press

The chapter is based on the analysis of documentary evidence and analyses the language of the Prevent agenda in the context of Huntington’s ‘clash of civilisations’ thesis. Despite emphatic denials that Prevent was neither targeting Muslims nor a war against Islam, analysis of policy documents and political discourse shows how the language of policy constructs Muslims as an ‘enemy within’. Moreover, it describes how these discourses are gendered and argues that the engagement of Muslim women in Prevent is premised on constructing a homogeneous ‘Muslim community’ as problematic particularly vis a vis the perceived generalised position of women in it.

Keywords:   clash of civilisations, Prevent, Islam, Muslim community, women

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