Submission to Crossing Borders Special Issue
Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2013
© by Hypatia, Inc.
Special Issue: Crossing Borders Special Issue
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 341–359, Spring 2013
How to Cite
Fatima, S. (2013), Muslim-American Scripts. Hypatia, 28: 341–359. doi: 10.1111/hypa.12020
- Issue online: 12 APR 2013
- Version of Record online: 10 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 28 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 6 NOV 2011
This paper argues that one of the most valuable insights that Muslim-Americans ought to bring into the political arena is our affective response to the government of the United States' internal and foreign policies regarding Muslims. I posit the concept of empathy as one such response that ought to inform our foreign policy in a manner inclusive of Muslim-Americans. The scope of our epistemic privilege encompasses the affective response that crosses borders of the nation-state in virtue of our propinquity to the narratives of Muslims globally. Such an affective response is crucial to our selves remaining multiplicitous and whole. Furthermore, I argue that we ought to access and assess those aspects of our identity that make us subject to suspicions of disloyalty, because it is precisely those aspects that can inform our social and political discourse in a more morally adequate and responsive way.