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At Freedom's LimitIslam and the Postcolonial Predicament$
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Sadia Abbas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257850

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257850.001.0001

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The Maintenance of Innocence

The Maintenance of Innocence

(p.8) Chapter One The Maintenance of Innocence
At Freedom's Limit

Sadia Abbas

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines an episode from the popular British television show Spooks/MI-5 entitled “Who Guards the Guards?” (2004) and the films Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty. It reveals the importance of the history of racial slavery and incarceration to current imaginings of Islamists in cultural production in the UK and the US. The imagined power of Islamists functions to disappear the historical violence of Empire, as the continuity of practices that date to racial slavery and to the eradication of the Native Americans is erased. Practices fundamental to the making of colonial modernity are redeemed, their history effaced, by making them seem only products of the War on Terror.

Keywords:   Islam, British television show, Spooks/MI-5, Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, cultural production, violence, racial slavery

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