In the second of our blog posts to mark ten years since the 7/7 bombings, we bring you an extract from The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani, a powerful critique of the surveillance and prosecution of Muslims the UK and US since in the wake of 9/11 and 7/7 terror attacks.
In this passage, Kundnani traces the formation of a globalised, politicised branch of Islam in the UK, shaped in large part by the endemic racism experienced by Muslims day-to-day. Kundnani, as with the first extract published earlier today from Tariq Ali's Rough Music, also questions why narratives of terrorist violence are detached from the wider context of Western governments’ foreign policies.
Nearly six months after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the French government continues to push through "anti-terrorism" legislation and challenges to Islamophobia continue to be silenced, absurdly, in the name of "freedom of speech". The following statement is signed by a collective of anti-racist activists, intellectuals, academics, and association members in France, including Christine Delphy, author of Separate and Dominate. Translated by David Broder; visit Libération to read the original statement in French.