Amina Shareef is a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge. Her research focusses on the impact of the War on Terror on Young British Muslim women.
My research focusses on the impact of the War on Terror on Young British Muslim women. Drawing on my ethnographic data, I am currently developing a theory of besieged life. To do so, I draw on the works of Abdul JanMohamed, Alexander Weheliye, and Judith Butler to engage the theoretical writings of Giorgio Agamben on Bare life and the State of Exception. I am theorizing besieged life as a death-bound subjectivity that is raced through the emergency discourses of the War on Terror and whose racialization marks it as assailable, as the less-than-human targets of racial violence. I am a grassroots community-organizer, working with the non-profit advocacy organization, Muslim Engagement and Development, to tackle Islamophobia in Britain. I am passionate about creating alternative educational spaces for young Muslim women to learn and flourish. I currently runs an online, national, youth program that aims to nurture critical consciousness and leadership capacity within Muslim females between the ages of 12 and 18.