This special issue brings together feminist scholars to theorize anti-Muslim racism. It specifically attends to an understanding of anti-Muslim racism as transnational, proliferating, and linked to other racisms and projects of rule. Three key questions are addressed: How do we understand global circuits of power as they travel and shape local contexts in which anti-Muslim racism operates, including contexts in which Muslims are the majority? How is global anti-Muslim racism a gendered phenomenon? What is a revolutionary politics in which resistant forms of Muslimness imagine another world? With its emphasis on the transnational, the special issue assembles scholars whose work on the regional contexts of Turkey, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, and the United States, among other nations, reveals the global circuits along which anti-Muslim racism travels. Their explorations of how the global and the local are intertwined pay special attention to how discourses of anti-Muslim...
Transnational Feminist Approaches to Anti-Muslim Racism
Zeynep K. Korkman is assistant professor of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include transnational feminisms; affect, labor, and intimacy; and religion, secularism, and the public sphere in Turkey and the larger Middle East. Her book manuscript, “Gendered Fortunes,” under contract with Duke University Press, focuses on the gendered economy of divinations in contemporary Turkey. Drawing upon ethnographic research and cultural analysis, the book explores how and why secular Muslim gender and sexual minorities of Turkey seek their gendered fortunes in divination in a country shaped by a secularist past and an Islamist present, a renewed gender conservatism, and economic neoliberalization. Korkman’s work has appeared in Gender and Society, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies.
Sherene Halida Razack is Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies in the Department of Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. Her research and teaching focus on racial violence. She is the founder of the virtual research and teaching network Racial Violence Hub (Racialviolencehub.com). Her publications illustrate the thematic areas and anticolonial, antiracist feminist scholarship she pursues. Her recent books include Nothing Has to Make Sense: Upholding White Supremacy through Anti-Muslim Racism (forthcoming) and Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody (2015).
Zeynep K. Korkman, Sherene Halida Razack; Transnational Feminist Approaches to Anti-Muslim Racism. Meridians 1 October 2021; 20 (2): 261–270. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15366936-9547863
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