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Islam and the Americas$
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Aisha Khan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060132

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060132.001.0001

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Between Terror and Transcendence

Between Terror and Transcendence

Global Narratives of Islam and the Political Scripts of Guadeloupe’s Indianité

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Islam and the Americas

Yarimar Bonilla

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines how labor activists in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe navigate tropes of ethnic difference in the context of rising Islamophobia and the cultural effects of the global war on terror. Yarimar Bonilla focuses on a hunger strike carried out by Michel Madassamy--an imprisoned labor activist of East Indian descent--and the iconographic representations that were mobilized during his solidarity campaign. Labor activists tried to forge counter-narratives to the public commemorations of Indiantié which have tended to center on the trope of Indian “arrival” and which represent Indiens as replacement workers for rebellious slaves. However, during this solidarity campaign the Indien hunger striker became an ambiguous silent icon--the mute protagonist of his own resistance--in ways that eventually replicated the official silences that surround the history of indentured labor in the Antilles.

Keywords:   Guadeloupe, Indianit, war on terror, labor activism, hunger strike, Michel Madassamy

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