A Rage Shared by Law: Post-September 11 Racial Violence as Crimes of Passion
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Muneer I. Ahmadt
Islamophobia, Racism
Journal article

Ahmad, M. I. (2004). A Rage Shared by Law: Post-September 11 Racial Violence as Crimes of Passion. California Law Review, 92(5), 1259–1330. https://doi.org/10.2307/3481418

In this study, Ahmad provides an overview of the racial violence Arabs, Muslims and South Asians experienced after 9/11, specifically noting the relationship between individual hate crimes and governmental policies. In addition, this article highlights the construction of a new racial identity and the psychological origins of post 9/11 violence – emphasizing the difference between violence pre-9/11 and post 9/11. Ahmad further outlines the “crime of passion” framework, indicating how violence and hate crimes pre-9/11 were deemed as crimes of moral depravity, unjustifiable acts, while hate crimes post 9/11 are understood as crimes of passion, justifiable acts. Lastly, Ahmad returns to the relationship between government policies and individual hate crimes, analyzing racist policies.

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