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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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Theologies of Love

Theologies of Love

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(p.183) Chapter Six Theologies of Love
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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/9780823257850.003.0007

This chapter examines the work of Nadeem Aslam. Aslam almost compulsively engages the divisions within Cold War Islam and is attentive to their swirled and ruptured (post)colonial histories. The crisis engendered by imperial-theological geopolitics is present in every one of his novels, Season of the Rainbirds (1993), Maps for Lost Lovers (2004), and The Wasted Vigil (2008). In Aslam’s novels baroque is a form of exacerbation and of hyper-aestheticism. It is a principle of lateness, of repetition, and of rereading. Cold War histories, devotional aesthetics, literary forms are infolded, inverted, revealed to be caught in a cycle of seemingly inescapable yet endlessly torqued iteration.

Keywords:   Cold War Baroque, Islam, Nadeem Aslam

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