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The impact of islamophobia
Journal Title: INTERAZIONI 
Author/s: M. Fakhry Davids 
Year:  2020 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 33-51 FullText PDF:  207 KB
DOI:  10.3280/INT2020-001003
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Muslims, as members of minority communities in the West, grow up against a back-ground of everyday islamophobia. I suggest that the Muslim self internalized in such a setting is denigrated (Fanon 1952), a problem usually grappled with during adolescence when identity formation is the key developmental task. This typically involves the adolescent taking on po-larized positions and embracing extreme causes. Following the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks islam-ophobia intensified, which can be understood, at the psychological level, as an internal racist defence against overwhelming anxiety. Within that defensive organization, which I describe, fundamentalism is inscribed as the problematic heart of Islam, complicating the adolescent’s attempt to come to terms with the inner legacy of everyday islamophobia. I explore these themes through a case study of a young man who travelled to Afghanistan in the 1990s, and by brief reference to Ed Husain’s The Islamist and Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist.
Keywords: Fundamentalism, islamophobia, adolescence, identity, internal racism.

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M. Fakhry Davids, The impact of islamophobia in "INTERAZIONI" 1/2020, pp. 33-51, DOI:10.3280/INT2020-001003

   

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