Gender, Orientalism, and the ‘War on Terror': Representation, Discourse, and Intervention in Global Politics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Orientalism, and the ‘War on Terror'

Representation, Discourse, and Intervention in Global Politics, 1st Edition

By Maryam Khalid


176 pages

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This book offers an accessible and timely analysis of the ‘War on Terror’, based on an innovative approach to a broad range of theoretical and empirical research. It uses ‘gendered orientalism’ as a lens through which to read the relationship between the George W. Bush administration, gendered and racialized military intervention, and global politics.

Khalid argues that legitimacy, power, and authority in global politics, and the ‘War on Terror’ specifically, are discursively constructed through representations that are gendered and racialized, and often orientalist. Looking at the ways in which ‘official’ US ‘War on Terror’ discourse enabled military intervention into Afghanistan and Iraq, the book takes a postcolonial feminist approach to broaden the scope of critical analyses of the ‘War on Terror’ and reflect on the gendered and racial underpinnings of key relations of power within contemporary global politics.

This book is a unique, innovative and significant analysis of the operation of race, orientalism, and gender in global politics, and the ‘War on Terror’ specifically. It will be of great interest to scholars and graduates interested in gender politics, development, humanitarian intervention, international (global) relations, Middle East politics, security, and US foreign policy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Identities in the ‘War on Terror’

Discourse: language, identity, power, and representation

Analytic strategy

Outline of the book

2. Gender, Orientalism, and Global Politics

Orientalism and gender as discourseRe-reading Said

‘American orientalism’

Orientalism, race, and gender


3. Gender, Race, ‘Self’, and ‘Other’ in Histories of International Intervention

Imperialism, liberalism and the US

Liberal internationalism and the pre-1945 international system

The ‘underdeveloped’ south in early liberal internationalism

Intervention, development, and the threat of the ‘Other’

Democratisation, humanitarianism, and the responsibility to protect

4. Constructing the US ‘Self’ in ‘War on Terror’ Discourse

‘Self’, nation, race, and gender

Masculinity and the US ‘Self’

Reading femininity(ies) in the US ‘Self’


5. Gendered Orientalist Narratives: Afghanistan

‘Saving’ Afghanistan

Constructions of the ‘Other’

Developing the narrative: Operation Enduring Freedom


6. Gendered Orientalist Narratives: Iraq

Consolidating gendered orientalist discourse

‘Liberating’ Iraq

The sexuality of the ‘Other’


7. Conclusions

About the Author

Maryam Khalid is a Lecturer and the Director of the Bachelor of International Studies program at Macquarie University, Australia. Her research is focused on global politics, security, and popular culture, exploring gender, sexuality, and race as processes, practices, and analytical lenses in and across international relations and global governance discourses.

About the Series

Postcolonial Politics

‘Postcolonial Politics’ is a series that publishes books that lie at the intersection of politics and postcolonial theory. That point of intersection once barely existed; its recent emergence is enabled, first, because a new form of ‘politics’ is beginning to make its appearance. Intellectual concerns that began life as a (yet unnamed) set of theoretical interventions from scholars largely working within the ‘New Humanities’ have now begun to migrate into the realm of politics. The result is politics with a difference, with a concern for the everyday, the ephemeral, the serendipitous and the unworldly. Second, postcolonial theory has raised a new set of concerns in relation to understandings of the non-West. At first these concerns and these questions found their home in literary studies, but they were also, always, political. Edward Said’s binary of ‘Europe and its other’ introduced us to a ‘style of thought’ that was as much political as it was cultural as much about the politics of knowledge as the production of knowledge, and as much about life on the street as about a philosophy of being, A new, broader and more reflexive understanding of politics, and a new style of thinking about the non-Western world, make it possible to ‘think’ politics through postcolonial theory, and to ‘do’ postcolonial theory in a fashion which picks up on its political implications.

Postcolonial Politics attempts to pick up on these myriad trails and disruptive practices. The series aims to help us read culture politically, read ‘difference’ concretely, and to problematise our ideas of the modern, the rational and the scientific by working at the margins of a knowledge system that is still logocentric and Eurocentric. This is where a postcolonial politics hopes to offer new and fresh visions of both the postcolonial and the political.

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