Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism
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Mamdani, M.
Journal article

Mamdani, M. (2002). Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism. American Anthropologist, 104(3), 766–775.

After 9/11, the link between Islam and terrorism was exacerbated and led to essentializing Islam. As a result of this “culture talk”, Mahmood Mamdani argues that this discourse led to the construction of the “good Muslim” versus “bad Muslim” dynamic in countries such as Afghanistan, Palestine, and Pakistan. Mahmood argues that other historical and political factors should be taken into consideration when analyzing issues pertaining to the Middle East such as the involvement of the West, specifically the United States. Mahmood further argues that terrorism is a modern construction that serves a greater agenda.

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