Edited by Asim Qureshi, Manchester University Press, Hardcover with dust jacket, 296 page
I Refuse to Condemn is an assertion of resistance. Bringing together the voices of scholars and activists from across the UK, US and Australia, it explores the manifestation of condemnation culture through drawing readers and listeners into the complexity of the world we inhabit, and the behaviours that shape our daily lives.
After every terrorist atrocity or criminal incident carried out by a person of colour, commentators demand that minority ethnic and religious communities condemn what society at large fears. Why are these groups held accountable for the actions of others? What is this culture of condemnation we live in? How do you resist racism in times of heightened national security?
This collection of writings questions the powers that police those who dare to raise questions of their own. It exposes the oppressive influence of reactionary societal norms and systemic racism and shows us how to recognise this, and how to resist.
Featuring new writing from rapper Lowkey, comedian Aamer Rahman, grassroots organisers like Hoda Katebi and poet Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, this book offers inspirational tales of how to subvert expectations and make your voice heard. An urgent, timely and empowering read.
Introduction: 'You know nothing, Jon Snow' - Asim Qureshi
I How did we get here?
1 Remaking rule #1: 'I utterly refuse to condemn...' - Shenaz Bunglawala
2 They needed us, and now they are terrified - Fatima Rajina
3 The four stages of moral panic - Adam Elliott-Cooper
4 The duty to see, the yearning to be seen - Tarek Younis
II Resisting the structure
5 Refusing to condemn as a political act - Remi Joseph-Salisbury
6 Navigating refusal within the academy - Shereen Fernandez and Azeezat Johnson
7 Randomly selected: close encounters of the hive mind - Shafiuddean Choudry
8 Guilty without a crime - Saffa Mir
9 The struggle of a Muslim terror 'suspect lawyer' - Fahad Ansari
III Resisting the personal
10 The (im)possible Muslim - Yassir Morsi
11 The racialised 'go-to Muslim' - Sadia Habib
12 Writing for the kids - Nadya Ali
13 It is Allah who condemns - Cyrus McGoldrick
IV Resisting the performance
14 Is this radical? Am I radical? - Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan
15 Grappling with shadows - Lowkey
16 That's because I've read - Hoda Katebi
17 My art is for my people - Aamer Rahman
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