In this provocative and necessary book, Robert K. Beshara uses psychoanalytic discursive analysis to explore the possibility of a genuinely anti-colonial critical psychology. Drawing on postcolonial and decolonial approaches to Islamophobia, this book enhances understandings of Critical Border Thinking and Lacanian Discourse Analysis, alongside other theoretico-methodological approaches.

Using a critical decolonial psychology approach to conceptualize everyday Islamophobia, the author examines theoretical resources situated within the discursive turn, such as decoloniality/transmodernity, and carries out an archeology of (counter)terrorism, a genealogy of the conceptual Muslim, and a Žižekian ideology critique. Conceiving of Decolonial Psychoanalysis as one theoretical resource for Critical Islamophobia Studies (CIS), the author also applies Lacanian Discourse Analysis to extracts from interviews conducted with US Muslims to theorize their ethico-political subjectivity and considers a politics of resistance, adversarial aesthetics, and ethics of liberation.

Essential to any attempt to come to terms with the legacy of racism in psychology, and the only critical psychological study on Islamophobia in the United States, this is a fascinating read for anyone interested in a critical approach to Islamophobia.

chapter 2|33 pages

The master’s discourse

An archeology of (counter)terrorism and a genealogy of the conceptual Muslim

chapter 3|18 pages

The university discourse

The psychologization of Islamophobia

chapter 4|26 pages

The hysteric’s discourse

Epistemic resistance, or US Muslims as ethical subjects

chapter 5|18 pages

The analyst’s discourse

Ontic resistance, or US Muslims as political subjects

chapter 6|12 pages

Towards a radical master

From decolonial psychoanalysis to liberation praxis