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Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice

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This book seeks to tell the life stories of the innocent men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the “war on terror.” As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, this collection of narratives gives voice to the people who have had their human rights violated here in the U.S. by post-9/11 policies and actions. Among the narrators:

Young men of Arab, Muslim, South Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, who were arrested and detained ...

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Overview

This book seeks to tell the life stories of the innocent men and women who have been needlessly swept up in the “war on terror.” As we approach the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, this collection of narratives gives voice to the people who have had their human rights violated here in the U.S. by post-9/11 policies and actions. Among the narrators:

Young men of Arab, Muslim, South Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, who were arrested and detained or singled out for voluntary interviews because of their national origin or religion.

Scholars who have been blacklisted or subjected to interrogation for their research or writings on Islam and related topics.

Muslim women who have suffered from job discrimination, harassment, and assault for wearing a veil or similar head covering.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Journalist Alia Malek has deftly edited and transcribed a moving collection of true stories in Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice that may help us all ponder more deeply and clearly."
—Susanne Pari, San Francisco Chronicle

"The narratives collected in this important and timely book will go a long way toward helping us deal with the reality of what we have been through, and where we are going, since the attacks of 9/11."
—Reza Aslan, author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

“Gripping. This is an important book that takes us beyond the featureless generalities of the post-9/11 drama to show us the particular experiences of individual human beings, each one living a life unlike any other.”
—Tamim Ansary, author of West of Kabul, East of New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936365388
  • Publisher: McSweeney's Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 15

Adama Bah 23

Talat Hamdani 49

Rima Qamri 69

Gurwinder Singh 95

Khaled El-Masri 109

Amir Sulaiman 131

Rana Sodhi 149

Hani Khan 165

Zak Muhammad Reed 171

Ghassan Elashi 187

Sara Jayyousi 207

Uzma Naheed Abbasi & Anser Mehmood 213

Yasir Aladdin Afifi 233

Faheem Muhammad 249

Farid Rodriguez 253

Shaheena Parveen 271

Raed Jarrar 295

Nick George 319

Appendices 329

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Blind Discrimination in Post-9/11 America

    "Patriot Acts" effectively documents the unjustified discrimination of individuals who are or appear to be of Middle Eastern heritage after terrorist attacks on the United States. The ripple effect that 9/11 had on the nation is personalized through the accounts of victims subjected to torture, bullying, and harassment. The unfounded mistreatment of these individuals highlights the tense political and social climate after 9/11 to the present.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    From someone who has never had to question being seen as an American

    A must-read for anyone who strives to be an ally to those unjustly disenfranchised post-9/11. All too often, the stories of the oppressed group is co-opted by those outside of the group, or else needs to somehow appear validated. Voice of Witness succeeds (as it always does) in allowing the narratives to be presented without outside criticism or dissection. They just exist. They are stories that needed to be told, that aren't there to convince you or sway you (but still do by virtue of their truth and power). You just happened to be in the room when they were spoken. That's what makes them so powerful and revolutionary; they are truly from the people who live these stories every day.

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