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Monday, January 23, 2012
Muslims as Moving Targets: External Scrutiny and Internal Critique in Detroit's Mosques
11:30 AM -  1:00 PM
Diversity Talks: A Seminar Series on Policy and Race

The FBI's use, or attempted use, of informants, agent provocateurs, and agent intimidation in Detroit's mosques is shaping the representation of Arabs, and Muslims in the city in distinctive ways. This essay will look at the dialogical processes this focus has set in motion between the city's mosques and other institutions of Muslim (self) representation and evolving structures of public scrutiny and federal power. It is in its close, working relationships with Arab/Muslim American organizations that the U.S. government reveals its most phobic assumptions about its Arab/Muslim citizens.