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Punishing Violent Thoughts: Islamic Dissent and Thoreauvian Disobedience in Post-9/11 America

Journal of American Studies, Forthcoming

32 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2017  

Professor Rebecca Gould

University of Birmingham; Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Date Written: August 24, 2017

Abstract

American Muslims increasingly negotiate their relationship to a government that is suspicious of Islam, yet which recognizes them as rights-bearing citizens, within a culture they claim as their own. To better understand how the post-9/11 state is reshaping American Islam, I examine the case of Muslim American dissident Tarek Mehanna, sentenced to seventeen years in prison in 2012 for providing material support for terrorism. I read Mehanna’s verbal and visual depictions of his persecution in relation to the American dissidents Mehanna claims as intellectual predecessors, above all Henry David Thoreau and John Brown, while situating this dissent within a long history of American activism.

Keywords: American Islam, dissent, terrorism, violence, non-violence, prison writing, Thoreau, Tarek Mehanna

Suggested Citation

Gould, Professor Rebecca, Punishing Violent Thoughts: Islamic Dissent and Thoreauvian Disobedience in Post-9/11 America (August 24, 2017). Journal of American Studies, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3025269

Rebecca Ruth Gould (Contact Author)

University of Birmingham ( email )

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History &Music
Birmingham, UK, Birmingham
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/artsandlaw/gould-rebecca.aspx

Harvard University - Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies ( email )

1730 Cambridge Street, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/about-us/people/rebecca-gould

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