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Tala Khanmalek

Decolonizing Islamophobia in France: An Interview with Houria Bouteldja

[Houria Bouteldja. Photo credit Tala Khanmalek.]

I met Houria Bouteldja in Paris, France at the Institut du Monde Arabe, a building whose architectural majesty overcasts those around it, including the Notre Dame. Although it was built to raise cultural awareness (and in accordance with eighteen Arab countries), Houria, spokeswoman of Les Indigènes de la République, reminds me that it signifies much more. Like the country’s shifting national identity, the building is itself in motion, its very walls are apertures that open ...

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Tala Khanmalek

Tala Khanmalek is a graduate student in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley with two Designated Emphases in Critical Theory and in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research is about the centrality of health to the creation of human differences. She recently presented an ongoing project about mental health studies conducted on Iranian immigrants after 9/11 and these studies’ relationships to the “war on terror.” She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology Womyn’s Cricle: Writing Our Bodies Into (Well)Being.