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Sahar Aziz
Sahar Aziz is an associate professor at Texas A&M University School of Law. She serves on the board of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association. Her area of scholarship focuses on the intersection of national security, civil rights, and American Muslims. She is the author of Caught in a Preventive Dragnet: Selective Counterterrorism in a Post-9/11 America; From the Oppressed to the Terrorist: American Muslim Women Caught in the Crosshairs of Intersectionality; Terror(izing) the Muslim Veil; and Sticks and Stones, the Words That Hurt: Entrenched Stereotypes Eight Years After 9/11. She can be followed on Twitter @saharazizlaw

Entries by Sahar Aziz

Did Religious Profiling Allow Paris Terrorists to Proceed Undetected?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:16 AM

Terrorism aims to invoke mass havoc and fear. Recent attacks in Western cities involved bombings of public buildings, transportation, and marathons, or mass shootings of civilians, conducted by amateur lone wolves.

For this reason the calculated assassination of France's best satirists raises serious concerns about the focus of French...

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White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

(20) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 5:48 PM

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured international attention as the world witnesses in horror its brutality. Notwithstanding that most of ISIL's victims are Muslim, its atrocities are reinforcing false stereotypes that something is inherently violent about Islam. As a result, the Obama administration...

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The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 2:57 PM

Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same.

Racial minorities are registering to vote and turning out at the ballot box in record numbers. However, they remain under-represented in local elected positions and virtually excluded...

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Rural America Would Benefit From More Muslim Families

(14) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Days before the 12th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, 40 members of the San Angelo, Texas Tea Party gathered to discuss the purported threat of Muslims in America. Requests for religious accommodation pursuant to the First Amendment were turned into doomsday scenarios of Muslims colonizing America by a...

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Our Values Must Unite Us After Tragedy in Boston

(57) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 8:16 PM

Like millions of Americans across the nation, my heart dropped at the news of the bombings in Boston. As a mother, I was devastated for those who lost their children. As a spouse, I mourned for those who lost their life partner. And as a Muslim, I admittedly feared for...

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The Depths of a 'Sorry Vein of Racial Prejudice'

(15) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Co-authored by Stephen Amberg

When Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a scathing rebuke of an assistant U.S. Attorney based in San Antonio, she opened the Supreme Court's door to a discussion many of us have been having for several years all across this country.

Although concurring with her...

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Paradoxes of Community Policing in Counterterrorism

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Over the past few years, federal officials have expressed concerns about a perceived increase in a "Islamist homegrown terrorist" threat. High-profile cases involving "lone wolves" accused of terrorist plots on U.S. soil coupled with public perceptions of Muslims as prone to terrorism have triggered a flurry of congressional hearings and...

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Egypt's Constitutional Drafting Process Shows Egyptians Ready for Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 11:00 AM

"Egyptians are not ready for democracy" -- this was Mubarak's flippant response to domestic and international calls for political reform in Egypt. The past few months puts to rest this fallacy.

Political grandstanding and posturing aside, the heated disputes show a sophisticated debate on the role of religion, individual rights,...

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Anti-Muslim Extremist Video Calls for Counter-narrative by Mainstream Americans

(86) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 11:55 AM

Many Americans would agree that a video portraying a religion's most revered prophet as a pedophile, sexual deviant, and ruthless criminal shocks the conscience. That it was created with the express intent to malign a faith followed by over a billion people worldwide only adds insult to injury.


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Selective Counterterrorism Practices Threaten Social Mobility of American Muslims

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 10:36 AM

At the Brookings' U.S. Islamic World Forum in Doha, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough was asked whether President Obama would implement his Cairo speech commitment to stop government discrimination against American Muslims. Because Bush's counterterrorism practices had stigmatized Muslims as the most distrusted minority in...

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To Stop Corruption, Egypt Needs a Freedom of Information Law

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2012 | 2:36 PM

Egypt is undergoing a period of enormous promise and citizen empowerment. For the first time in its history, Egyptians are electing their president through a relatively fair and free process. The mood in the streets is electrifying as people from all walks of life feel vested in their country's future....

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Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women's Rights?

(10) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Last week, Mona Eltahawy triggered a polemic firestorm with her blanket assertion that Arab men's hatred of women explains the abysmal gender inequities found in the Middle East. Many Arab women are perturbed that her article "Why Do They Hate Us?" in Foreign Policy has received so much attention while...

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NYPD Surveillance Shows No Good Deed Goes Unpunished for American Muslims

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 1:58 PM

In the same week, a Moroccan 29-year-old man was caught attempting to bomb the Capitol in a government-led terrorism sting operation and the NYPD was caught systemically spying on Muslim students at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers, and other universities on the US...

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The Importance of Muslim Women in Counter-terrorism

(10) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 10:00 AM

In December 2011, Janet Napolitano testified that lone wolf terrorists are America's primary domestic national security threat. Based on recent terrorism indictments, Napolitano was clearly referring to young Muslim men in America with unpopular political viewpoints and orthodox religious beliefs. A young man who fits this profile is...

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The Contradictions of Obama's Outreach to American Muslims

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 5:22 PM

On the same day that Rep. Peter King held the fourth "homegrown terrorism" hearing focused exclusively on Muslims, the White House released its Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States. Despite the White House's seemingly benign approach to counterterrorism, its...

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Rule Of Law, Not Rule By Law for Egypt

(5) Comments | Posted November 26, 2011 | 5:38 PM

Egypt is forever changed. Whether ruled by a civilian government or a military junta, gone are the days when the government can blithely dismiss the will of the people or coerce them into obedience. This most recent wave of mass protests demonstrates Egyptians' refusal to go back to the dark...

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Time to Address Violence Against Muslim Women

(37) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 5:26 PM

Late last year, a Staten Island woman and her toddler were attacked by a pedestrian who punched her in the face, pulled on her scarf, asked her why she was in America, and called all Muslims and Arabs terrorists. One week later in Seattle, Wash., two American citizens...

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Since When Has Democracy Been the Antithesis of Stability?

(36) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 9:35 PM

Much of the discourse on the Egyptian revolution posits democracy as antithetical to stability. As Americans, we know better.

Our country is composed of people from all over the world with diverse political views ranging from the far right to the far left. We have communities of every faith,...

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