Farid Hafez

Political Scientist, Visiting Professor of International Studies at Williams College, Senior Fellow at Bridge Initiative/Georgetown University

Book chapter in the Handbook of Gendered Islamophobia

“On White, Male Desires and Projections: Islamophobia and Patriarchy” is a new book chapter in the Palgrave Handbook of Gendered Islamophobia edited by Amina Easat-Daas and Irene Zempi. The chapter is an investigation into desires and projections of dominant white patriarchic structures that discusses Islamophobic discourses from a psychoanalytical perspective. Two seemingly different, but also similar cases on white male supremacy are discussed in this chapter, the slogan of ‘White Sharia’ in white nationalist circles and blogpost production, and a critical analysis of an interrogation of terrorism suspects following the largest police operation in postwar Austria called ‘Operation Luxor’. Both discourses are chosen as one represents fringe discourses on the far-right, while the other is a local manifestation of a hegemonic discourse that has emerged in the course of the global war on terror within the last two decades on a global scale. In this chapter, I argue that the imaginations in the discourses on Muslims reveal the desires and fears of white male dominant patriarchy that projects them onto an imagined hypersexual, violent Muslim manliness. Read the full article here