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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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Cold War Baroque

Cold War Baroque

Saints and Icons

(p.149) Chapter Five Cold War Baroque
At Freedom's Limit

Sadia Abbas

Fordham University Press

This chapter presents a reading of Mohammed Hanif’s novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes, under the rubric Cold War Baroque. Cold War Baroque is a profoundly poetic and occasionally ironic set of aesthetic imaginings of icons and iconographies poised against the cultivation of iconoclastic and (sometimes iconically) antiaesthetic branches of Islam by the U.S. and Saudi governments and third world nationalist and praetorian regimes.

Keywords:   Islam, imperial theology, secularism, Mohammed Hanif

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