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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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Religion and the Novel

Religion and the Novel

A Case Study

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(p.72) Chapter Three Religion and the Novel
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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/9780823257850.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the literary genre most committed to psychological, sociological, and nonmythical forms of explanation; the form most associated with cities, commercial life, the middle class—in effect, the most modern genre, the novel. It asks: Can there be a novel that is properly subordinate to religion? Can there be a religious novel? The chapter considers the novels written by Muslim writer Leila Aboulela, which are read as manifesting, even advocating, the new Islam.

Keywords:   Muslims, Islam, Salman Rushdie, religion, religious novel, Leila Aboulela

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