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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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Religion and the Novel

Religion and the Novel

A Case Study

(p.72) Chapter Three Religion and the Novel
At Freedom's Limit

Sadia Abbas

Fordham University Press

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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