Bristol, BS1 3BU, United Kingdom
Since 9/11 the War on Terror focused on targeting foreign enemies in faraway places. It has now set its sights on a new enemy – the ‘homegrown’ or domestic terrorist. Arun Kundnani, an expert in this area, critiques the root of domestic anti-terror policies to expose the anxiety, intolerance, and racism that inform them. He discusses his book The Muslims are Coming! in this special event, arguiing that the extent of national security surveillance used in this country is a systematic violation of the rights of Muslims, and that the War on Terror could not be sustained without the racialized dehumanization of its Muslim victims.
The Muslims are Coming! is based on three years of research in both the US and the UK that was supported by the Institute of Race Relations in London and the Open Society Foundations in New York. Research for the book was carried out in a number of locations in the UK (Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, London, Luton, and Manchester) as well as in the US. In all, 160 interviews were carried out with activists, campaigners, religious leaders, law enforcement officials, policy makers, government advisers, and young people. In partnership with the civil liberties organization Liberty, the Freedom of Information Act was used to obtain previously classified data on the demographics of individuals profiled as extremists by the UK’s Prevent policy. These case studies are included in the book.
This event will be held at Foyles, Bristol, as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas. Tickets can be purchased here.
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