Radical Skin, Moderate Masks: De-radicalising the Muslim and Racism in Post-racial Societies

Yassir Morsi

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International

Published: 01-08-2017


The book illustrates how insidiously the problem of race connects post-racially with a range of negative discourses and images conjured up by the narrative of the War on Terror.

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Radical Skin, Moderate Masks explores a voice trapped by the War on Terror. How can a Muslim speak about politics? And, in what tone can they argue? In today’s climate can they “talk back” without being defined as a moderate or radical? And, what do the conditions put on their political choices reveal about liberalism and its deep and historical relationship with racism? This timely work looks at ongoing debates and how they call for Muslims to engage in a “de-radicalisation” of their voice and identities. The author takes his lessons from Fanon and uses them to make sense of his many readings of Said’s Orientalism. He reflects on the personal and scholarly difficulty of writing this very book. An autoethnography follows. It shows (rather than tells of) the felt demand to use a pleasing “Apollonian” liberalism. This approved language, however, erases a Muslim’s ability to talk about the “Dionysian” more Asiatic parts of their faith and politics.

Additional information

Weight 0.277 kg
Dimensions 15 × 152 × 230 mm
Page Count 186