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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 Echo Chamber of Freedom

The Echo Chamber of Freedom

The Muslim Woman and the Pretext of Agency

(p.41) Chapter Two The Echo Chamber of Freedom
At Freedom's Limit

Sadia Abbas

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses how the notions of the subject, individualism, freedom, agency, change, and history have come to cluster around the figure of the Muslim woman for whom the metonym is increasingly the veil. It considers how the Muslim woman is conceived in the fiction of John Le Carre, the theory of Alain Badiou, the scholarship on the veil in France by Joan Scott, and in the work of Saba Mahmood.

Keywords:   Muslim women, Islam, veil, modernity, John Le Carre, Alain Badiou, Joan Scott, Saba Mahmood

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