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Wilfrid Laurier University
Global Studies
Ali Zaidi

GS101 Dialogue and the Echo Boom of Terror: Religious Women’s Voices after 9/11 Week 12 -All the work we had been doing for years and years to build up positive relations between Muslims and other faiths seemed to be falling and crumbling -The preceding 6 weeks after 9/11 has been filled with the backlash of terror for Muslims and Sikhs, South Asians and Arabs, in the United States -The leaders of American Women’s Religious Networks had met. It was a process of mutual learning, exploring the boundaries and recognizing women’s leadership in a world of interfaith relations too often dominated by the publicly visible leadership of men -By November, the term 9/11 had become its own locution, with a powerful penumbra of meanings -The official American backlash against an evasive and unseen enemy was paralleled by an unofficial domestic backlash against neighbours in our very midst -Muslim, Arab-American, and South Asian women around the table had all experienced the fear of being marked with suspicion -Someone from Los Angeles spoke of the threats both her mosque and its Islamic school had received, along with an enormous and exhausting volume of requests for information, explanation and interpretation -Sikhs were targeted for their turbans, revealing the ignorance a
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