In February 2022 the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (CCLCJ) and Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) welcomed Professor Susan Edwards (Barrister, University of Buckingham former Dean of Law), who presented research from her recent monograph: The Political Appropriation of the Muslim Body: Islamophobia, Counter-Terrorism Law and Gender.
Drawing upon law, politics, sociology, and gender studies, this research explores the ways in which the Muslim body is stereotyped, interrogated, appropriated and demonised in Western societies and subject to counter-terrorism legislation and the suspension of human rights. Professor Edwards examines the intense scrutiny of Muslim women’s dress and appearance, and their experience of hate crimes, as well as how Muslim men’s bodies are emasculated, effeminised and subjected to torture. The research explores a range of issues including Western legislation and foreign policy against the ‘Other’, orientalism, Islamophobia, masculinity, the intersection of gender with nationalism and questions about diversity, inclusion, religious freedom, citizenship and identity.
Watch the recording Professor Edward's talk
View Professor Edward's Slides from the seminar.
Barrister, Emeritus Professor University of Buckingham
Professor Susan Edwards is Emeritus Professor at the University of Buckingham. Her teaching and research areas are in Family Law, Sex, Gender and Minorities in the Legal Process, Criminology, Criminal Justice, Legal Skills and Procedure, Constitutional and Administrative Law, and Human Rights. She is a barrister at Red Lion Chambers London and a well-known writer and broadcaster on feminist issues.