Public discussion and media emphasis since 9/11 (2001), switching racial discourse from diverse racial signifiers to Islam, has been found to bear down heavily upon Muslim women. This essay will examine the use of women and the female body in Islamophobia as it is evidenced primarily in Ireland, critically analysing it through the framework of Said’s Orientalism, the Racial State of Goldberg, and Yuval-Davis’ thesis of women as the reproducers of the nation.
The specific targeting of Muslim women would suggest that this fear is not so much a fear of a Trojan Horse as much as it is a fear of a Trojan Mare; the Muslim woman inside whose belly are the seeds of the now Islamicised Achaeans who threaten our world with destruction.
It is now ‘open season’ on any and all forms of religion in culture, in the academy, in the media, and in political life. A new atheism; now the social default, less prepared to engage with the philosophical and theological grammar of religious thought than its classical predecessor, has constructed walls to exclude as much religious expression as it can from the marketplace.
Follow @UrFhasaidh Everyone but undergrads knows it is bad form to talk in the library. During my early days as a student in Trinity College I took to sitting up on the fifth floor of the Berkley Library, where the theology books and those on the history of religion were to be found. We called … Continue reading Shhh!
Follow @UrFhasaidh Dublin University, Trinity College, was founded during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I in the year of grace 1592, and sometimes it feels as though this institution has not moved much further forward from the sixteenth century. Certainly this would seem to be the case with its online application process. A few months … Continue reading Hassle Free Online College Application
I have made the decision to go back to school for a while and top-up my academic skills set. Outside of the Church there isn’t a great deal of demand for theology and biblical studies, so it is about time that I put a few more strings to my bow. This doesn’t mean that I … Continue reading Taking the Leap Back into Books