The Space Between Paradise and Guantanamo Bay: A Comparative Analysis of Religious ‘In-Access,’ Human Deprivation, and Islam’s Survival Behind Bars

By: Gwyneth Murphy

April 22, 2023

Spring 2023 Student Symposium: REWA Minors

My research is a comparative study between U.S. domestic prison systems and Guantanamo Bay, examining the conditions of politically- and racially-charged religious “in-access" as a form of tactical torture and soul deprivation as well as the flourishing of Islam in spite of these conditions. It considers if these conditions are unique to the extremities of Guantanamo Bay and the "War on Terror" period, or if parallel structures exist in the U.S. domestic carceral system. It concludes with recommendations for how carceral systems can maintain ethical standards for religious freedom during crises to ensure the Global War on Terrorism’s ethical gray zone does not bleed into our own borders.


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