Behind the Backlash

Muslim Americans after 9/11

Lori Peek
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PB: $30.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-983-5
Publication: Oct 10

HC: $86.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-982-8
Publication: Oct 10

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EAN: 978-1-59213-984-2
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230 pages
6 x 9
1 tables, 3 figs.

How Muslim-American identity has been shaped by 9/11 and its after effects

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As the nation tried to absorb the shock of the 9/11 attacks, Muslim Americans were caught up in an unprecedented wave of backlash violence. Public discussion revealed that widespread misunderstanding and misrepresentation of Islam persisted, despite the striking diversity of the Muslim community.

Letting the voices of 140 ordinary Muslim American men and women describe their experiences, Lori Peek's path-breaking book, Behind the Backlash presents moving accounts of prejudice and exclusion. Muslims speak of being subjected to harassment before the attacks, and recount the discrimination they encountered afterwards. Peek also explains the struggles of young Muslim adults to solidify their community and define their identity during a time of national crisis.

Behind the Backlash seeks to explain why blame and scapegoating occur after a catastrophe. Peek sets the twenty-first century experience of Muslim Americans, who were vilified and victimized, in the context of larger sociological and psychological processes. Peek’s book will be of interest to those in disaster research studies, sociology of religion, and race and ethnic relations.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Under Attack
3. Encountering Intolerance
4. Backlash
5. Repercussions
6. Adaptations
7. Conclusion

About the Author(s)

Lori Peek is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has published widely on vulnerable populations in disaster and is coeditor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora and coauthor of Children of Katrina.