Social and Cultural Geography (2008).
From Oral Histories to Visual Narratives:
Re-presenting the Post-September 11 Experiences of the
Muslim Women in the United States
Since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and
the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001, Muslims or
Muslim-looking people in the United States have experienced a significant
increase in hostility and hate violence. The anti-Muslim hate crimes
have affected the lives of these people of color in significant ways.
In this article I seek to recover part of the post-September 11
experiences of American Muslims that were obfuscated by the dominant
anti-Muslim master narrative, which conflated the Islamic faith with
terrorism and constructed all Muslims as dangerous anti-American outsiders.
I explore a way of telling stories about these experiences using the
expressive power of geospatial technologies. Using the experiences of
a Muslim woman in Columbus (Ohio, U.S.) as an example, I describe how
the technological spaces afforded by geographical information systems
(GIS) may be used to illuminate the impact of the fear of anti-Muslim
hate violence on the daily lives of Muslim women and to help articulate
their emotional geographies in the post-September 11 period.
Key Words: anti-Muslim hate violence, fear,
geospatial technologies, GIS, September 11.
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