On Dominant Discourses about Canadian Muslim Women: The Need to Promote Peacebuilding

On Dominant Discourses about Canadian Muslim Women: The Need to Promote Peacebuilding

 

Date: February 2015    

Authors: M. Anum Syed & Saeeda N. Noor 

In Western discourse, the gaze on Muslim women has been a complicated mix of fascination, objectification, and pity. Historical narratives, deeply entrenched in colonialism, have contributed to a problematic construction of Muslim women. As well, a current climate of increased war, surveillance, misinformation and political, cultural, and religious clashes has and will continue to have a direct negative impact on the well-being of Muslim women in the East and the West.

This paper focuses on this overall context and is inspired by some peacebuilding initiatives in North America. It proposes a framework that incorporates peacebuilding tools that can contribute to rectifying problematic discourses about Muslim women.

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