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Protesters hold signs during a demonstration against Donald Trump and in support of Muslim residents in Hamtramck, Michigan. (File photo by Reuters)
Protesters hold signs during a demonstration against Donald Trump and in support of Muslim residents in Hamtramck, Michigan. (File photo by Reuters)
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The characterization of Muslims into different categories has long been the working practice of the colonizer.

The colonized might well have varied in terms of their religion or country of origin but the need to control the narrative has helped in controlling the people.

The parameters of acceptability of the Islamic identity of Muslims are part of the policy making process of the western establishment.

The problem is further compounded by the fact that Muslims have accepted this language or been pushed into using these parameters as the norm. The language of discourse is framing the way that not only society views Muslims but also how Muslims view themselves.