Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature

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Bibliographic Information
Journal Al-Idah
Title Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature
Author(s) Khalis, Abdus Salam
Volume 25
Issue 2
Year 2012
Pages 87-100
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Chicago 16th Khalis, Abdus Salam. "Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature." Al-Idah 25, no. 2 (2012).
APA 6th Khalis, A. S. (2012). Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature. Al-Idah, 25(2).
MHRA Khalis, Abdus Salam. 2012. 'Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature', Al-Idah, 25.
MLA Khalis, Abdus Salam. "Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature." Al-Idah 25.2 (2012). Print.
Harvard KHALIS, A. S. 2012. Conflicting Images of Muslims in Post-9 11 American Literature. Al-Idah, 25.

Abstract

Since the advent ofIslam, Muslims have never ceased to be importantfor the West and have been variously depicted in English literature from time to time. However, after the tragic incidents of 11th September, 2001, there has been a dramatic change in the world'sfocus on them, both in nature and in magnitude. Both as Ummah—theformal Arabic word for the global community of Muslims —and as individuals, they have suddenlyfound themselves among the protagonists of English literature in general, and that produced in the North American Continent in particular. This paper aims at discussing the different images of Muslims and Islam in the English literature of North America, focusing on their nature, types, causes, consequences and the way they differ from the depiction of Muslims and Islam before the drastic disaster of nine-eleven. It also intends to contrast the literature authored by Muslim Americans about themselves with that written by non-Muslim Americans about them during the period infocus.

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