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Gould, Rebecca Ruth (2019) 'Punishing Violent Thoughts: Islamic Dissent and Thoreauvian Disobedience in Post-9/11 America.' Journal of American Studies, 53 (1). pp. 146-171.

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Abstract

American Muslims increasingly negotiate their relation to a government that is suspicious of Islam, yet which recognizes them as rights-bearing citizens, within a culture they claim as their own. To better understand how the post-9/11 state is reshaping American Islam, I examine the case of Muslim American dissident Tarek Mehanna, sentenced to seventeen years in prison in 2012 for providing material support for terrorism. I read Mehanna's verbal and visual depictions of his persecution in relation to the American dissidents Mehanna claims as intellectual predecessors, above all Henry David Thoreau and John Brown, while situating this dissent within a long history of American activism.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
ISSN: 00218758
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article/chapter accepted for publication in Journal of American Studies, 53 (1). pp. 146-171 (2019), published by Cambridge University Press. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1017/S0021875817001426
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 06:53
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/40487

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