The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Post-9/11 Aura of Distrust and Suspicion

Muhammad Tufail Chandio, Mohammad Khan Sangi, Shumaila Memon


The purpose of this paper is to analytically assess and understand the aura of distrust and suspicion prevailing among the American and Pakistani common people in the wake of 9/11, depicted in The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the second novel of Mohsin Hamid. The worthwhile aspect of this study is to estimate and establish that how the attacks affected life of common people from both America and Pakistan. It also undertakes the issue how post-9/11 power discourse with an emphasis on excessive security measures affected Asians living in America. In addition, the paper traces the impact of the attacks permeating in different parts of the globe and causing disharmony and divide. Besides, it deals with the issues of indiscriminate attitude which begets hostility among various nations. The study implies for the holistic progress of humanity and global peace. Subsequently, some strategies should be devised to keep intact the good will of people either from the affected or affecting group, who are not part of any evil action, so that atmosphere of global pluralism, transnationalism and transculturalism should prevail. The researchers applied close-text analysis methodology to collect the data from the web and texture of the novel to draw conclusions.

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