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dc.contributor.authorCherney, Adrian
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, Kristina
dc.description.abstractThe rhetorical use of labels in the war on terror has become an important tactic post 9/11. One such example is the deployment of the categories of “moderate” and “extremist” within counterterrorism discourse, with Muslims distinguished as either friend or foe based on this dichotomy. The moderate Muslim label is a relational term, only making sense when it is contrasted with what is seen as non-moderate (i.e., extremism). Such binary constructs carry a range of implicit assumptions about what is regarded as an acceptable form of Islam and the risks posed by the Islamic religion and Muslim communities. In this article, we explore the implications of this labelling for Muslim communities. In particular, we explore the interpretations Muslims themselves accord to the dichotomy of moderate and extremist and consider whether the use of such binary terms is at all helpful as a way of rallying Muslims to the cause of tackling terrorism and radicalisation. We draw on focus group data collected from Muslims living in Australia to inform our analysis.
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartofjournalCritical Studies on Terrorism
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology not elsewhere classified
dc.titleWhat does it mean to be a moderate Muslim in the war on terror? Muslim interpretations and reactions
dc.typeJournal article
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dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.griffith.authorMurphy, Kristina

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