Re-Writing Muslim Identity and Self against Western Discourse of Terrorism in Naqvi’s Home Boy

  • Abdul Rashid Lecturer, Department of English, Bahadur Sub Campus Layyah
  • Dr. Sarwat Jabeen Assistant Professor, Department of English, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan
  • Sara Shahbaz Lecturer, Department of English, The Women University Multan
Keywords: Constructed Discourse of Terrorism, Misrepresentation of the Muslims, the Strategy of Counter Discourse, Re-defining Muslim Identity


Since, the incident of 9/11, the identity of the Muslims across the globe have gone through serious misrepresentations by the western media. This paper provides the insights that how the Muslims have been treated as suspected ones by the westerns. The loyalties of the Muslims were suspected and doubted in America in response to the incident of 9/11. Muslims were victimized on account of their negatively perceived identity. In-Home Boy the Muslim immigrants consistently attempt to re-write and negotiate their identity in response to their misrepresentations of identity. For thematic analysis, theoretical insights have been taken from Almond’s The New Orientalists: Postmodern Representations of Islam from Foucault to Baudrillard. The textual analysis of the novel reveals that the Muslims in the western world were already suspected due to the orientalist mind-set of the American society but the incident of 9/11 aggravated this situation in practical social settings. Naqvi speaks for the voiceless Muslims of the third world whose identities had been erased by blowing discursive discourse of 9/11. Naqvi provides readers the sufferings of the Muslims and extends the relevance of 9/11 from Euro-American context to the non-western i.e. the Asians.