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Iraqi Refugees in the United StatesThe Enduring Effects of the War on Terror$
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Ken R. Crane

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479873944

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479873944.001.0001

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(p.125) Conclusion
Iraqi Refugees in the United States

Ken R. Crane

NYU Press

The Iraqi refugee experience has taught us that the pathways and possibilities of belonging for refugees are complicated by the War on Terror’s reductive framing of Arabs and Muslims as terror threats. By staying with the Iraqi refugee story long after the world had turned its gaze to the next crisis, the conclusion to this book explains how the book attempts to restore a sense of humanity to people who are imagined as either victims or threats. This book is a witness to the struggle for belonging as it unfolded in the very human and quotidian dimensions of life—family, relationships, work, play, and faith. Belonging is claimed in the constant fight to become fully visible, to engage with the world in ways that allow for understanding and empathy.

Keywords:   human dimension, War on Terror, engagement, belonging

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