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Detained without Cause: Muslims' Stories of Detention and Deportation in America after 9/11 (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) Paperback – February 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0230103825 ISBN-10: 9780230103825

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Product Details

  • Series: Palgrave Studies in Oral History
  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780230103825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230103825
  • ASIN: 0230103820
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Part of a series of oral history projects, this brave book presents the first-person narratives of six Muslim men detained on flimsy or invented charges and ultimately deported after September 11, 2001. Shiekh is methodical about her research methods and explicit about her communication with detainees, who were humiliated, lied to, and abused in prison. The stories are heartbreaking both in their individuality and their repetition. Shiekh's dedication to honoring these voices and exposing the mistreatment of these men creates momentum from what these families lost.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Illuminates the strains between national security and civil liberty and puts a human face on some often-demonized members of society.”—Kirkus
 
Detained Without Cause meticulously illuminates the struggles, humiliation and life-changing experiences of Muslims in the United States following the 9/11 attacks. These first-hand accounts give voice to human suffering endured in the Orwellian world of law enforcement after Sept. 11, 2001. Especially timely, Detained’s powerful narratives reveal the danger of suspending civil liberties, bending the rule of law, and justifying human rights abuses allegedly in the name of national security or the infamous “war on terror.”—Washington Report
 
“In the aftermath of 9/11, U.S. officials pushed the war on terror well beyond the rule of law in ways that Orwell and Kafka imagined decades ago. Irum Shiekh’s Detained without Cause offers first-hand accounts of a troubling period in recent history by giving voice to those who suffered brutal treatment by American operatives.”--Michael Welch, author of Scapegoats of September 11th
 
“Irum Shiekh’s book is a model of ethically engaged scholarship--carefully and deliberately researched but also passionately committed to justice. Its strength lies in the six powerful narratives of 9/11 detainees that make up its core. And it is precisely in creating a space where those individual voices can be heard that Shiekh most eloquently indicts a system that so completely disregarded individual rights in the name of a supposedly greater good.”--Teresa Barnett, Center for Oral History Research, University of California, Los Angeles
 
“This book provides a collection of powerful oral histories of a very important moment in U.S. history, narrated from the perspective of those whose lives were irrevocably transformed by the experience of racial profiling, detention, and deportation after the events of 9/11. The stories all illustrate the devastating and painful impact on the narrators of being considered ‘terrorist’ suspects, detained in prison, abused by guards, confronted with the hypocrisy of the U.S. justice system regarding their constitutional rights, and returned to their home countries with a profound transformation in their earlier beliefs in the U.S. as a land of freedom and democracy.”--Sunaina Maira, Professor, Asian American Studies, University of California at Davis

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Irum Shiekh is a Visiting Scholar of Asian American Studies at UCLA and currently is a Fulbright scholar at Birzeit University in Palestine.

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This interesting and welll-written book brings important facts to our attention--the human cost of our government's sloppy over reaction after 9/11 that along with some media stupidly did not distinguish between average Muslim Americans and terrorists--as long as they had some in custody. And that custody was a nightmare of wrongheaded interrogations, isolation cells and bureaucratic neglect.

The author went to great effort to track down the men and their families after their deportation. Reading these accounts gives the chance to learn from our mistakes. But the Obama administration wants to look forward and not backward. Sounds healthy but impunity and forgetfulness are not and our leaders and our public voices are little wiser. Students of Anthropology, History, Area studies, Criminal Justice and Security Studies, policy makers, communities of faith and the general public should all read this eloquent book which has heart and not just legal arguement that we can connect with, consider, understand, and learn from.
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.

John Locke

For too long we have preached to ourselves that we, the USA, is good. The entire world wants to emulate us and people are dying, literarily not just figuratively, to get to the USA. Of-course most of that is true; and the USA is still the best country in the world in so many ways.

In every nation, race, and country, there is a percentage of people who have an ugly streak and those who deny that fact are just either oblivious to the obvious or just are bigots. This particular ugly streak really came in to the open in the USA right after 9/11. Islamophobia came in to the open and it has permeated in to the fabric of the society that most people do not even think about the blatant discrimination occurring daily against the Muslims.

Here is a book which holds up the mirror and shows what; we as a society; are doing and are allowing our government to do with our explicit and implicit consent. The book does not try to please or mince words but presents what really happened to those so called terrorists who were rounded up. It shows us clearly what we as society have done and have allowed our government to do. It is a recording of history of how we have treated the Muslims since 9/11.

Meticulously researched and superbly written, the book presents what happened to six innocent people who were caught up in the giant web which was cast after the 9/11. There have been numerous headlining events of people who were caught and were supposedly terrorists. This book shows what happened to some of those who were rounded up.
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