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Veiled Threats: Representing the Muslim Woman in Public Policy Discourses

Naaz Rashid


The book looks at how ‘the Muslim woman’ is socially constructed through an analysis of contemporary racialized and gendered policy narratives in the UK. It is focused on Prevent, the UK’s counter-terrorism agenda, established after the London bombings in 2005. It examines specific initiatives to ‘empower Muslim women’ to combat terrorism. It also considers how Muslim women are positioned within broader debates about multiculturalism, integration and Britishness. It argues that together such characterisations represent a form of gendered Orientalism which produces and legitimates anti-Muslim r ... More

Keywords: Muslim women, counter-terrorism, anti-Muslim racism, Prevent, policy narratives, intersectional analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447325178
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325178.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naaz Rashid, author
University of Sussex