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Maha Hilal

#NeverForget: Sixteen Years into the “War on Terror” and Institutionalized Islamophobia Lives on

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September 2017 marked the sixteenth anniversary of the start of the “war on terror.” While hashtags such as #NeverForget and #September11th were trending on Twitter, there was little mention of the victims of post-9/11 counter-terrorism laws and policies – namely, Muslims or those racialized as Muslims. This is because the term “post-9/11 world” is meant to center on the devastation and destruction faced by the United States on 11 September 2001. It does not acknowledge how ...

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Maha Hilal


Maha Hilal is the inaugural Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.  where she produces research and writing focusing on the domestic and international consequences of the global “war on terror.” She earned her PhD in Justice, Law, and Society in 2014 from American University and wrote her dissertation on Muslim American responses to the war on terror. Dr. Hilal is an organizer with Witness Against Torture, an organization that focuses on ending torture and closing Guantánamo Bay prison, while also serving as a steering committee member of the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition. Concurrent with these roles, she also serves on the board of the DC chapter of the National Lawyers’ Guild and on the Council of the School of the America's Watch.