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At Freedom's Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament

Sadia Abbas

Abstract

The subject of this book is a new “Islam.” This Islam began to take shape in 1988 around the Rushdie affair, the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the first Gulf War of 1991. It was consolidated in the period following September 11, 2001. It is a name, a discursive site, a signifier at once flexible and constrained—indeed, it is a geopolitical agon, in and around which some of the most pressing aporias of modernity, enlightenment, liberalism, and reformation are worked out. At this discursive site are many metonyms for Islam: the veiled or “pious” Muslim woman, the militant, the minorit ... More

Keywords: Islam, Rushdie, Berlin Wall, first Gulf War, September 11, modernity, enlightenment, liberalism, reformation, free speech

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257850
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257850.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sadia Abbas, author
Rutgers University-Newark