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Islam and Global Studies

Manufacturing Terrorism in Africa

The Securitisation of South African Muslims

Authors: Hendricks, Mohamed Natheem

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  • Analyses the securitisation of Islam and Muslims in South Africa
  • Confirms that Islam and Muslims in South Africa were constructed as security threats incrementally over an extended period
  • Illustrates that the securitisation reproduces knowledge constructed in Western societies to promote specific interests
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This book uses Securitisation Theory to explore how Muslims have been constructed as a security issue in Africa after the 9/11 attacks in the United States. These attacks became the rationale for the US’s Global War on Terror (GWOT). The centrality of Africa as an arena to execute the GWOT is the focus of this book. 

This book explores, particularly, how western-centred security discourses around Muslims has permeated South African security discourse in the post-apartheid period. It claims that the popular press and the local think-tank community were critical knowledge-sites that imported rather than interrogated debates which have underpinned policy-initiatives such as the GWOT.

Such theorisation seems contrary to the original architects of securitisation theory who maintain that issues become security concerns when institutional voices declare these as such. However, this book confirms that non-institutional voices have securitised the African Muslims by equating them with terrorism. 

This book illustrates that such securitisation reproduces partisan knowledge that promote Western interests.

About the authors

Dr Mohamed Natheem Hendricks, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. His interest in security matters was sparked by debates related to Regional, Water and Human Security.

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“Research on terrorism remains deeply Eurocentric and there is a real gap in our understanding of the material and discursive impact of the war on terror on Africa. Manufacturing Terrorism in Africa provides a much-needed critical analysis of the ways in which the war on terror discourse has come to dominate security discussions in South Africa, and the important actors involved in the securitisation of Muslims. Theoretically sophisticated, empirically rich and always interesting, this book adds greatly to our knowledge of the globally dominant terrorism discourse and its damaging effects on community relations and counterterrorism policy-making. Highly recommended.” (Professor Richard Jackson, Director, The National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Manufacturing Terrorism in Africa
Book Subtitle
The Securitisation of South African Muslims
Authors
Series Title
Islam and Global Studies
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-5626-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-5626-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-5625-8
Series ISSN
2524-7328
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 247
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