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At Freedom's LimitIslam and the Postcolonial Predicament$
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Sadia Abbas

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257850

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257850.001.0001

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The Argument

The Argument

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(p.1) The Argument
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At Freedom's Limit
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Sadia Abbas

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257850.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s main themes. The book focuses on the concept of new “Islam,”—a name, a discursive site, a flexible and simultaneously constrained signifier, indeed a geopolitical agon, in and around which some of the most pressing aporias of modernity, enlightenment, liberalism, and Reformation are worked out. This Islam draws upon a colonial history of the reorganization of religion, even repeats it in the former metropolises of Empire but works also to erase that colonial genealogy. As a conceptual object it exists most powerfully in the circuits of the Western academy, where it is increasingly a crucial node in the current academic debates invested in reimagining secularism.

Keywords:   Islam, religion, secularism

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