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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

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

Sadia Abbas

Fordham University Press

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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