Islam in the Hinterlands

Muslim Cultural Politics in Canada

Edited by Jasmin Zine

  • Published: 2012. Paperback 2013
  • Subject Listing: Middle East Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 304 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Muslim communities have become increasingly salient in the social, cultural, and political landscape in Canada largely due to the aftermath of 9/11 and the racial politics of the ongoing "war on terror" that have cast Muslims as the new "enemy within."

Islam in the Hinterlands features empirical studies and critical essays by some of Canada's top Muslim Studies scholars who examine how gender, public policy, media, and education shape the Muslim experience in Canada. Touching on much-debated issues, such as the shar'ia controversy, veiling in public schools, media portrayals of Muslims, and anti-terrorism legislation, this book takes a distinctly anti-racist, feminist standpoint in exploring the reality of the Muslim diaspora.

A timely collection addressing some of the most hotly contested issues in recent cultural history, Islam in the Hinterlands will be essential reading for academics as well as general readers interested in Islamic studies, multiculturalism, and social justice.
Jasmin Zine is an associate professor of sociology andthe Muslim Studies Option at Wilfrid Laurier University.

"I cannot think of a religious community more in need of study than Canadian Muslims, who have, until now, received scant scholarly attention. This book examines the hybridity of Canadian Islam, and discusses the various ways in which Muslims have, and have not, adapted to their contexts. Timely and cutting-edge, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of religion, sociology, and anthropology, as well as cultural, legal, and gender studies."
-Amir Hussain, Editor, Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Introduction: Muslim Cultural Politics in the Canadian Hinterlands /Jasmin Zine

Part 1: Gender and Cultural Politics

1 Unsettling the Nation: Gender, Race, and MuslimCultural Politics in Canada / Jasmin Zine

2 The Great Canadian andquot;Shar'iaandquot; Debate /Itrath Syed

3 Toward a Framework for Investigating Muslim Womenand Political Engagement in Canada / KatherineBullock

Part 2: Media and Representation

4 Colluding Hegemonies: Constructing the Muslim OtherPost-9/11 / Yasmin Jiwani

5 Marketing Islamic Reform: Dissidence and Dissonance ina Canadian Context / Meena Sharify-Funk

6 Toward Media Reconstruction of the Muslim Imaginary inCanada: The Case of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation'sSitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie / AliaDakroury

Part 3: Education

7 From Mosques to Madrassas: Civic Engagementand the Pedagogy of Islamic Schools / Nadeem Memon

8 Unveiled Sentiments: Gendered Islamophobia andExperiences of Veiling Among Muslim Girls in a Canadian Islamic School/ Jasmin Zine

Part 4: Security

9 The Security Certificate Exception: A Media Analysisof Human Rights and Security Discourses in Canada's Globe andMail and National Post / Jacqueline Flatt

10 The Anti-terrorism Act and National Security:Safeguarding the Nation against Uncivilized Muslims / ShaistaPatel