At Freedom's Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament by Sadia Abbas

By Sadia Abbas

the topic of this e-book is a brand new “Islam.” This Islam started to take form in 1988 round the Rushdie affair, the cave in of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the 1st Gulf warfare of 1991. It used to be consolidated within the interval following September eleven, 2001. it's a identify, a discursive website, a signifier straight away versatile and constrained—indeed, it
is a geopolitical agon, in and round which one of the most urgent aporias of modernity, enlightenment, liberalism, and reformation are labored out.

At this discursive website are many metonyms for Islam: the veiled or “pious” Muslim girl, the militant, the minority Muslim injured by way of Western loose speech. each one of those figures services as a cipher allowing repeated encounters with the query “How will we unfastened ourselves from freedom?” time and again, freedom is imagined as Western, smooth, imperial—a darkish imposition of Enlightenment. The pious and injured Muslim who wants his or her personal enslavement is imagined as freedom’s other.

At Freedom’s restrict is an intervention into present debates relating to faith, secularism, and Islam and offers a deep critique of the anthropology and sociology of Islam that experience consolidated this formation. It exhibits that, whilst this Islam earnings expanding traction in cultural construction from tv indicates to video clips to novels, the main complicated contestations of Islam so construed are to be present in the paintings of Muslim writers and painters.

This ebook comprises prolonged readings of jihadist proclamations; postcolonial legislation; responses to legislations from minorities in Muslim-majority societies; Islamophobic movies; the novels of Leila Aboulela, Mohammed Hanif, and Nadeem Aslam; and the work of Komail Aijazuddin.

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