“On March 6, 2017, the president of the United States issued a second executive order that targets Muslims. This Muslim ban has already had a variety of negative outcomes, including limiting basic refugee protections mandated by international law, students’ access to their sites of study, and Muslim entrance to the United States more generally. The executive order also has a much more far-reaching consequence. It feeds the Islamophobia machine in this country, reinforcing the idea that there is much to fear from Islam and Muslims. By consistently linking the discourse on Muslims and Islam to sensationalized security debates, this administration is irresponsibly promoting hate and antagonism against Islam and Muslims, not only in the United States but the world over. Chief among the targets of this Islamophobic tide are Muslim women identifiable to the public as Muslims because they wear hijabs. Muslim women have seen hate crimes against them escalate since the electoral campaign and election of Donald Trump (Dearden 2016). It is also important to note that these hate crimes have not been condemned by this administration.”
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Amaney A. Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. She currently is President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Her interests also include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the United States.