The Islamophobic Normative Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Considerations

  • Lara Sheehi


This chapter contends that an Islamophobic normative unconscious exists as an extension of Islamophobia and has the potential to ideologically inform clinical work. The chapter makes reference to and expounds upon this divisive ideological profile that has the potential to be activated when we work with or think clinically about Muslims. The analysis is offered from a psychoanalytic perspective highlighting the theory as uniquely positioned to metabolize, hold, and further the growing ability of ethical clinicians to name and address Islamophobia, especially in what otherwise might be thought of as unanalyzable spaces. Clinical and non-clinical examples are utilized to explicate the working tenets of the Islamophobic normative unconscious.


Islamophobia Islam Muslim Psychoanalysis Unconscious Enactments Ideology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lara Sheehi
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  1. 1.The George Washington University Professional Psychology ProgramWashington, DCUSA

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