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Orientalism Revisited in Asylum and Refugee Claims

Posted: 24 Aug 2000  

Susan Musarrat Akram

Boston University School of Law


This article examines the stereotyping of Islam both by advocates and academics in refugee rights advocacy. The article looks at a particular aspect of this stereotyping, which can be seen as 'neo-Orientalism' occurring in the asylum and refugee context, particularly affecting women, and the damage that it does to refugee rights both in and outside the Arab and Muslim world. The article points out the dangers of neo-orientalism in framing refugee law issues, and asks for a more thoughtful and analytical approach by Western refugee advocates and academics on the panoply of Muslim attitudes and Islamic thought affecting applicants for asylum and refugee status in the West.

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Akram, Susan Musarrat, Orientalism Revisited in Asylum and Refugee Claims. International Journal of Refugee Law, Vol. 12, Issue 1, January 2000. Available at SSRN:

Susan Musarrat Akram (Contact Author)

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