What does it mean to be a moderate Muslim in the war on terror? Muslim interpretations and reactions

Cherney, Adrian and Murphy, Kristina (2016) What does it mean to be a moderate Muslim in the war on terror? Muslim interpretations and reactions. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 1-23. doi:10.1080/17539153.2015.1120105


Author Cherney, Adrian
Murphy, Kristina
Title What does it mean to be a moderate Muslim in the war on terror? Muslim interpretations and reactions
Journal name Critical Studies on Terrorism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1753-9161
1753-9153
Publication date 2016-01-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17539153.2015.1120105
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2017
Subject 3320 Political Science and International Relations
Abstract The rhetorical use of labels in the war on terror has become an important tactic post 9/11. One such example is the deployment of the categories of “moderate” and “extremist” within counterterrorism discourse, with Muslims distinguished as either friend or foe based on this dichotomy. The moderate Muslim label is a relational term, only making sense when it is contrasted with what is seen as non-moderate (i.e., extremism). Such binary constructs carry a range of implicit assumptions about what is regarded as an acceptable form of Islam and the risks posed by the Islamic religion and Muslim communities. In this article, we explore the implications of this labelling for Muslim communities. In particular, we explore the interpretations Muslims themselves accord to the dichotomy of moderate and extremist and consider whether the use of such binary terms is at all helpful as a way of rallying Muslims to the cause of tackling terrorism and radicalisation. We draw on focus group data collected from Muslims living in Australia to inform our analysis.
Keyword Counterterrorism
Extremism
Labelling and stigmatisation
Moderate Muslim
Muslim communities
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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