Grounds for Debate: Afghan Women’s bodies as a site of contestation after September 11, 2001 Público

Fiero, Mollie (Spring 2018)

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Despite the immense consideration given to 9/11 in American public life, the “story” of 9/11 has remained incomplete in popular media and state-based sources. Afghan women’s bodies, and by extension, their stories and life experiences, were selectively cultivated and shared to serve distinct political interests after September 11, 2001. The Bush Administration quickly latched onto Afghan women as a site of possible “liberation.” American feminists portrayed Afghan women in a manner that denied their agency by focusing on “religious oppression”, such as the role of the hijab and women’s equality within Islam broadly. Amidst this frenzy of attention paid towards Afghan women as an idea, and as a site for contestation, Afghan women’s writing and efforts were rarely shared. By using interviews recorded as part of the Columbia University Oral History Archive, this thesis questions why certain narratives have not been as extensively shares and uses these perspectives to enhance an understanding of 9/11.

 

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Introduction ... 1

Chapter I. President Bush, the First Lady, and their “Voices of Hope” ... 9

Chapter II: American Feminists & 9/11 ...22

Chapter III: Revisiting Afghan Women’s Stories through the Columbia Archive... 46

Conclusion...67

Bibliography...73

 

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