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By examining articles in <em>The</em> <em>New York Times </em>(NYT) published between 1979 and 2011, I suggest that secular representations of Islam, both in the media and feminist discourse, propagate what I call ‘anti-Islamism.’ By constructing a periodization based on signature events within contemporary Islamist history (what I term an ‘Islamist periodization’), I identify tactical shifts within the larger, global strategy of anti-Islamism. As a conceptual frame, anti-Islamism moves beyond articulations that either conceptualize Islamophobia as a behavioral-psychological disposition created through misinformation, or as a structural form of racial bigotry. Instead, anti-Islamism describes a consistent effort to counter and negate Islam’s world-making aspirations<em>.</em> Ultimately, I deduce that feminism as a political and epistemic project (with three major exceptions) is necessarily incompatible with Islamic orthodoxy – an incompatibility reinforced by media representations.</p> 2018-04-22T18:04:14+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A Compassionate Pursuit of Justice: Towards a Religious Ethics of Care in a Time of Securitisation 2018-05-25T10:27:52+00:00 Shirin Saeidi; <p>This paper argues that the relationship between the two concepts of care and justice has profound consequences for the ethos of research practice. Scholars of the ethics of care imagine the two as being mutually entangled within the broader context of democratic citizenship. This paper claims that due to the reconfigurations of social relations in securitised spaces, it is the overlap, and not the entanglement, of these values that dominate relationships. It follows that scholars should expand the theorisation of care ethics to include the religious ethics of care when framing their research practices in securitised spaces. Within the Abrahamic traditions, care and justice are not only conceptualised as distinct yet overlapping, but are also redefined specifically as compassion and resistance against political oppression. Empirically, this paper illustrates how the Shi’i understanding of care is an Islamic ethic of care which is applicable to research practices, particularly when exploring religious social movements in securitised contexts. The paper demonstrates the ways in which this ethic of care crystallised in the course of an investigation into Iran’s Hezbollah from 2012-2014. I show how an Islamic ethic of care brought to the surface salient features of Iran’s Hezbollah movement that the state’s security politics sought to keep hidden from public view. Ultimately, this paper makes a counterintuitive argument that the ways in which the ethics of religion approaches justice and care may in some instances enhance broader feminist commitments to contextualisation, collaboration and the disruption of hierarchies through research practices.</p> 2018-05-25T10:27:52+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Us Versus Them 2018-05-25T10:30:48+00:00 Todd Green 2018-05-25T10:30:48+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary Across a Millennium by Joel Blecher 2018-05-25T10:32:23+00:00 Ameen Omar 2018-05-25T10:32:23+00:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##