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6. Clashing Allegiances: The Practicality of Constructing National Identity


 
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1. Title Title of document 6. Clashing Allegiances: The Practicality of Constructing National Identity - Fabricating Difference
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Andie Alexander; University of Colorado Boulder; United States
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) difference; discrimination; constructions of Islam; discourse about Islam; Charlie Hebdo; the Other
 
5. Subject Subject classification Religious Studies
 
6. Description Abstract Constructing difference serves a practical role in the construction of identities. This essay explores the ways in which Islam, not only as a practice but also as an identity for Muslims, is constructed and subsequently regarded as antagonistic to a conception of an “American way of life.” In exploring how Islam is established as different and marginal in a normatively Christian America, this essay argues that these fabrications of difference are one of the ways in which the United States is attempting to construct its own national identity—one that includes certain practices while excluding others. With this approach, this essay regards “difference” not as a descriptive act but rather as a construction that is rooted in certain socio-political agendas and employed as a way to establish and maintain normative ideas of national identity in the United States.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 17-Jul-2017
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/31449
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.31449
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Fabricating Difference
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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