chapter  25
Arab and Muslim America
SHIBLEY TELHAMI
ByA Snapshot
Pages 3

In a New York Times article appearing a week after the horror that befell America on September 11, a Muslim woman described her dilemma this way: “I am so used to thinking about myself as a New Yorker that it took me a few days to begin to see myself as a stranger might: a Muslim woman, an outsider, perhaps an enemy of the city. Before last week, I had thought of myself as a lawyer, a feminist, a wife, a sister, a friend, a woman on the street. Now I begin to see myself as a brown woman who bears a vague resemblance to the images of terrorists we see on television and in the newspapers. I can only imagine how much more difficult it is for men who look like Mohamed Atta or Osama bin Laden.”