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On the Muslim Question$
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Anne Norton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157047

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157047.001.0001

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(p.82) Chapter 4 Terror
On the Muslim Question

Anne Norton

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how the Muslim question has been linked to the question of terror. There are two fears in the fear of terrorism: fear of the many and fear of the one. The fear of the many sees the West (or the Western) besieged by an Islam that breaks through the gates of Vienna to occupy the heart of Europe. The fear of the one is a fear of the damage that can be wrought by a single man or woman: the terrorist or the suicide bomber. The chapter considers whether terrorists are enemies not only of liberalism but of modernity. It suggests that terrorists prey on our fears, but not only on the simple fear of death, whereas suicide bombers hold the terror and the promise that the world could be blown asunder in a moment.

Keywords:   terrorism, Muslim question, terror, West, Islam, terrorists, liberalism, modernity, suicide bombers, fear

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