Postcolonialism and Islam

Theory, Literature, Culture, Society and Film

Author: Geoffrey Nash,Kathleen Kerr-Koch,Sarah Hackett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134647522

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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With a focus on the areas of theory, literature, culture, society and film, this collection of essays examines, questions and broadens the applicability of Postcolonialism and Islam from a multifaceted and cross-disciplinary perspective. Topics covered include the relationship between Postcolonialism and Orientalism, theoretical perspectives on Postcolonialism and Islam, the position of Islam within postcolonial literature, Muslim identity in British and European contexts, and the role of Islam in colonial and postcolonial cinema in Egypt and India. At a time at which Islam continues to be at the centre of increasingly heated and frenzied political and academic deliberations, Postcolonialism and Islam offers a framework around which the debate on Muslims in the modern world can be centred. Transgressing geographical, disciplinary and theoretical boundaries, this book is an invaluable resource for students of Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociolgy and Literature.
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Liberating Shahrazad

Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Islam

Author: Suzanne Gauch

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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The author analyzes how postcolonial writers and filmmakers from Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia have reclaimed the storyteller in order to portray Muslim women in ways that highlight their power to shape their own destinies. Highlighting the fluid nature of storytelling, Gauch demonstrates how these new depictions of Shahrazad--from artists such as Moufida Tlatli, Fatima Mernissi, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Assia Djebar, Leïla Sebbar--navigate the demands of a global marketplace, even as they reshape the stories told about the Islamic world.
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Islamic Postcolonialism

Islam and Muslim Identities in Four Comtemporary British Novels

Author: ?asan Sa??d Sayyid Marz?q

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443883212

Category: English literature

Page: 195

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Islamic postcolonialism is a theoretical perspective that combines two components which have up until now existed in a state of tension. As a secular theory, postcolonialism has notably failed to account for Muslim priorities; it has, for instance, had severe problems critiquing the anti-Islam polemics of The Satanic Verses, as is evidenced by Edward Said’s support for Rushdie, in spite of his criticism of the stereotypical representation of Islam and Muslims in the West. Islamic postcolonialism applies the anti-colonial resistant methodology of postcolonialism from a Muslim perspective, exploring the continuance of colonial discourse in part of the contemporary western writing about Islam and Muslims. This book explores how Islam is depicted and Muslim identities are constructed in four representative works of contemporary British fiction: Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album (1995), Monica Ali’s Brick Lane (2003), Fadia Faqir’s My Name is Salma (2007), and Leila Aboulela’s Minaret (2005). Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1988) is also discussed in terms of its crucial role in fostering what some Muslims might consider polemical and stereotypical positions in writing about Islam.
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Die Übersetzerin

Roman

Author: Leila Aboulela

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783889776228

Category:

Page: 240

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Islam and Postcolonial Narrative

Author: John Erickson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521101158

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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In Islam and Postcolonial Narrative, John Erickson examines four major authors from the 'third world'.
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Colonial and Post-colonial Governance of Islam

Continuities and Ruptures

Author: Marcel Maussen,Veit-Michael Bader,Annelies Moors

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9089643567

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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Colonial and post-colonial governance of Islam" is een heldere weergave van de kansen en belemmeringen voor de islam vanuit een bestuurlijke benadering met speciale aandacht voor de voortdurende strijd rond de codificatie van islamitisch onderwijs, religieuze autoriteit, wetgeving en praktijk. De auteurs onderzoeken de overeenkomsten en verschillen van de islam in het Britse, Franse en Portugese koloniale bestuur. Zij maken gebruik van hun expertise om de aard van de regelgeving in verschillende historische periodes en geografische gebieden te analyseren. Deze studie opent nieuwe mogelijkheden voor mondiaal onderzoek naar studies van de islam.
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Islam and Postcolonial Discourse

Purity and Hybridity

Author: Esra Mirze Santesso,James McClung

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317112563

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Largely, though not exclusively, as a legacy of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, Islamic faith has become synonymous in many corners of the media and academia with violence, which many believe to be its primary mode of expression. The absence of a sophisticated recognition of the wide range of Islamic subjectivities within contemporary culture has created a void in which misinterpretations and hostilities thrive. Responding to the growing importance of religion, specifically Islam, as a cultural signifier in the formation of a postcolonial self, this multidisciplinary collection is organized around contested terms such as secularism, Islamopolitics, female identity, and Islamophobia. The overarching goal of the contributors is to facilitate a deeper understanding of the full range of experiences within Islam as well as the figure of the Muslim, thus enabling a new set of questions about religion’s role in shaping postcolonial identity.
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Islamic Postcolonialism

Islam and Muslim Identities in Four Contemporary British Novels

Author: Hasan Saeed Majed

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443876308

Category:

Page: 195

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Islamic postcolonialism is a theoretical perspective that combines two components which have up until now existed in a state of tension. As a secular theory, postcolonialism has notably failed to account for Muslim priorities; it has, for instance, had severe problems critiquing the anti-Islam polemics of The Satanic Verses, as is evidenced by Edward Said's support for Rushdie, in spite of his criticism of the stereotypical representation of Islam and Muslims in the West. Islamic postcolonialism applies the anti-colonial resistant methodology of postcolonialism from a Muslim perspective, exploring the continuance of colonial discourse in part of the contemporary western writing about Islam and Muslims. This book explores how Islam is depicted and Muslim identities are constructed in four representative works of contemporary British fiction: Hanif Kureishi's The Black Album (1995), Monica Ali's Brick Lane (2003), Fadia Faqir's My Name is Salma (2007), and Leila Aboulela's Minaret (2005). Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (1988) is also discussed in terms of its crucial role in fostering what some Muslims might consider polemical and stereotypical positions in writing about Islam.
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Reform and Modernity in Islam

The Philosophical, Cultural and Political Discourses Among Muslim Reformers

Author: Safdar Ahmed

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 085772228X

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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The debate over Islam and modernity tends to be approached through a Eurocentric prism that posits Western norms as a template for progress, against which Islamic societies can be measured. This has led to essentialist notions of Islam, that have missed the historical development of Muslim reformist thought that actively engages with the world around it - seeking to reconfigure Islam within the diverse conditions of modernity. Safdar Ahmed historicises Islamic reform, by critically examining the work of prominent intellectuals, such as Muhammad Abduh, who have approached Western science in order to prove Islam’s compatibility with the modern world. Exploring the work of key reformist thinkers in Islam, from the nineteenth century to the present day, through the Indian Subcontinent to the Middle East to Europe and the US, this book places progressive Islamic thought into broader landscapes of philosophical, cultural and political discourses on modernity. Ahmed engages with critiques of Eurocentric positions on this subject to paint a complex and nuanced picture that goes beyond the idea that Muslim reformers have either reproduced or reacted against Western ideas. Rather, they have reconstructed these ideas for their own purposes and in accordance with their own contexts. He points to an appropriation and remoulding of Western ideas running through modern Islamic thought on nationalism and sovereignty, femininity and gender, and even traditional forms of literary expression. Women and education is a central front in this debate, and Ahmed investigates this through the work of key thinkers such as Qasim Amin, Ashraf Ali Thanawi and Abdul A‘la Maududi. In order to uncover new historiographical perspectives, Ahmed employs elements of postcolonial theory, critical theory and gender studies as he challenges the notion that there can be no singular understanding of modernity.
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Postcolonial Counterpoint

Orientalism, France, and the Maghreb

Author: Farid Laroussi

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442648910

Category: History

Page: 227

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Postcolonial Counterpoint is a critical study of Orientalism and the state of Francophone and postcolonial studies, examined through the lens of the historical and cross-cultural relations between France and North Africa. Thoroughly questioning the inability of Western academia to shake free of universalism and essentialism and come to grips with the Orientalism within postcolonial discourse, Farid Laroussi offers a cultural tour d'horizon which considers Andr� Gide's writing on Algeria, literature by French authors of Maghrebi descent, and the conversation surrounding secularism and the headscarf in France. A provocative investigation of the place of Muslims and Islam in Francophone culture, Postcolonial Counterpoint asks how we must proceed if postcolonial studies is to make a difference in reconciling history, identity, citizenship, and Islam in the West.
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Religion, Postcolonialism, and Globalization

A Sourcebook

Author: Jennifer Reid

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472586115

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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Religion, Postcolonialism and Globalization: A Sourcebook shows how the roots of our globalized world run deeper than the 1980s or even the end of WWII, tracing back to 15th century European colonial expansion through which the 'modern world system' came into existence. The Sourcebook is divided into four sections, each with a critical introduction by the editor, a series of readings, and discussion questions based on the readings. Canonical readings in religion, globalization and postcolonialism are paired with lesser-known texts in order to invite critical analysis. Extracts explored include work by Max Weber, Edward Said, David Chidester, and Kant, as well as political documents such as the British Parliament's 1813 Act regarding the East India Company. Sources range from the origins of the common phrase "jihad vs. McWorld" in the work of Benjamin Barber, to personal essays reflecting religious responses to globalization. Focusing on a history of religions approach, Religion, Postcolonialism, and Globalization provides an alternative to existing sociological work on religion and globalization. Guidance on useful web resources can be found on the book's webpage.
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Unveiling Traditions

Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World

Author: Anouar Majid

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822380544

Category: Religion

Page: 238

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In Unveiling Traditions Anouar Majid issues a challenge to the West to reimagine Islam as a progressive world culture and a participant in the building of a multicultural and more egalitarian world civilization. From within the highly secularized space it inhabits, a space endemically suspicious of religion, the West must find a way, writes Majid, to embrace Islamic societies as partners in building a more inclusive and culturally diverse global community. Majid moves beyond Edward Said’s unmasking of orientalism in the West to examine the intellectual assumptions that have prevented a more nuanced understanding of Islam’s legacies. In addition to questioning the pervasive logic that assumes the “naturalness” of European social and political organizations, he argues that it is capitalism that has intensified cultural misunderstanding and created global tensions. Besides examining the resiliency of orientalism, the author critically examines the ideologies of nationalism and colonialist categories that have redefined the identity of Muslims (especially Arabs and Africans) in the modern age and totally remapped their cultural geographies. Majid is aware of the need for Muslims to rethink their own assumptions. Addressing the crisis in Arab-Muslim thought caused by a desire to simultaneously “catch up” with the West and also preserve Muslim cultural authenticity, he challenges Arab and Muslim intellectuals to imagine a post-capitalist, post-Eurocentric future. Critical of Islamic patriarchal practices and capitalist hegemony, Majid contends that Muslim feminists have come closest to theorizing a notion of emancipation that rescues Islam from patriarchal domination and resists Eurocentric prejudices. Majid’s timely appeal for a progressive, multicultural dialogue that would pave the way to a polycentric world will interest students and scholars of postcolonial, cultural, Islamic, and Marxist studies.
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Unsettling Sikh and Muslim Conflict

Mistaken Identities, Forced Conversions, and Postcolonial Formations

Author: Katy P. Sian

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 073917875X

Category: Religion

Page: 148

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Conflict between Sikhs and Muslims is often remarked upon but rarely investigated rigorously. Such conflict is typically described as being due to angry youth or ethnic hatred and religious passions. This book interrogates such explanations, by focusing upon the relationship between diaspora and the articulation of a postcolonial Sikh identity.
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Globalization and Postcolonialism

Hegemony and Resistance in the Twenty-first Century

Author: Sankaran Krishna

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 9780742554689

Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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Globalization has become a widely used buzzword, yet popular discussions often miss its deeper realities. This book offers the first clear explanation of the impact of colonialist legacies in a globalized era defined by the "War on Terror." Sankaran Krishna explores the history of the relationship between Western dominance and the forms of resistance that have emerged to challenge it. He argues that we live on an interrelated globe, that history matters a great deal in constructing contemporary realities, and that others create narratives about the world based on their experiences just as we do based on ours. Presenting a lucid exploration of the intertwined histories of both globalization and postcolonialism, this book uses compelling real-world examples to make sense of this crucial relationship.
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Islam and the European Empires

Author: David Motadel

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191030260

Category: History

Page: 288

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At the height of the imperial age, European powers ruled over most parts of the Islamic world. The British, French, Russian, and Dutch empires each governed more Muslims than any independent Muslim state. European officials believed Islam to be of great political significance, and were quite cautious when it came to matters of the religious life of their Muslim subjects. In the colonies, they regularly employed Islamic religious leaders and institutions to bolster imperial rule. At the same time, the European presence in Muslim lands was confronted by religious resistance movements and Islamic insurgency. Across the globe, from the West African savanna to the shores of Southeast Asia, Muslim rebels called for holy war against non-Muslim intruders. Islam and the European Empires presents the first comparative account of the engagement of all major European empires with Islam. Bringing together fifteen of the world's leading scholars in the field, the volume explores a wide array of themes, ranging from the accommodation of Islam under imperial rule to Islamic anti-colonial resistance. A truly global history of empire, the volume makes a major contribution not only to our knowledge of the intersection of Islam and imperialism, but also more generally to our understanding of religion and power in the modern world.
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Absolutely Postcolonial

Writing Between the Singular and the Specific

Author: Peter Hallward

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719061264

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 433

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We may yet find a precise use for the notoriously elusive category ‘postcolonial’, but only on the condition that we abandon its usual associations with plurality, fragmentation, particularity and resistance. This book argues that the category is best used to describe an ultimately singular configuration. A singularity is something that generates the medium of its own existence, in the eventual absence of external criteria and other existences. Like other singularities – pertinent comparisons include aspects of Buddhism and Islam, as well as concepts drawn from the philosophies of Gilles Deleuze and Alain Badiou – what is distinctive about a postcolonial discourse or literature is its abstraction from the domain of relationality. Here, Hallward offers a new conceptual distinction between singular and specific modes of differentiation, which should prove influential in a range of discourses.
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Women and Islam: Social conditions, obstacles and prospects

Author: Haideh Moghissi

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415324205

Category: Social Science

Page: 447

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This three-volume interdisciplinary collection is of use not only in Middle East studies but also in various other disciplines, including women's studies, political science, religion, cultural studies, sociology of gender and anthropology.The collection offers the most influential writings in the field by both renowned scholars as well as those by the new generation of scholars of Islam and gender and includes a wide variety of cases from Middle Eastern and Islamic societies. By including case-based articles, the collection highlights the clear links between concepts and theories and actual practices.Titles also available in this series include, Shamanism (March 2004, 3 volumes, 395) and the forthcoming titles Childhood (2005, 4 volumes, c.495), Gender (2005, 4 volumes, c.495) and Knowledge (2005, 4 volumes, c.495).
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Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy

Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies

Author: Nader Hashemi

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199886520

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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Islam's relationship to liberal-democratic politics has emerged as one of the most pressing and contentious issues in international affairs. In Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy, Nader Hashemi challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that religious politics and liberal-democratic development are structurally incompatible. This book argues for a rethinking of democratic theory so that it incorporates the variable of religion in the development of liberal democracy. In the process, it proves that an indigenous theory of Muslim secularism is not only possible, but is a necessary requirement for the advancement of liberal democracy in Muslim societies.
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The Legacy of Arab-Islam In Africa

A Quest for Inter-religious Dialogue

Author: John Alembillah Azumah

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780746857

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This new book reassess the presence of Islam in Africa.
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