Rebecca Ruth Gould, Unviersity of Birmingham; Harvard University Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, is publishing Punishing Violent Thoughts: Islamic Dissent and Thoreauvian Disobedience in Post-9/11 America in the Journal of American Studies. Here is the abstract.
American Muslims increasingly negotiate their relationship to a government that is suspicious of Islam, yet which recognizes them as rights-bearing citizens, within a culture they claim as their own. To better understand how the post-9/11 state is reshaping American Islam, I examine the case of Muslim American dissident Tarek Mehanna, sentenced to seventeen years in prison in 2012 for providing material support for terrorism. I read Mehanna’s verbal and visual depictions of his persecution in relation to the American dissidents Mehanna claims as intellectual predecessors, above all Henry David Thoreau and John Brown, while situating this dissent within a long history of American activism.Download the article from SSRN at the link.