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By Sadia Abbas

the topic of this ebook is a brand new “Islam.” This Islam started to take form in 1988 round the Rushdie affair, the cave in of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the 1st Gulf conflict of 1991. It was once consolidated within the interval following September eleven, 2001. it's a identify, a discursive web site, a signifier right away versatile and constrained—indeed, it
is a geopolitical agon, in and round which one of the most urgent aporias of modernity, enlightenment, liberalism, and reformation are labored out.

At this discursive web site are many metonyms for Islam: the veiled or “pious” Muslim lady, the militant, the minority Muslim injured by means of Western loose speech. every one of those figures services as a cipher permitting repeated encounters with the query “How will we unfastened ourselves from freedom?” many times, freedom is imagined as Western, smooth, imperial—a darkish imposition of Enlightenment. The pious and injured Muslim who wants his or her personal enslavement is imagined as freedom’s other.

At Freedom’s restrict is an intervention into present debates concerning faith, secularism, and Islam and gives a deep critique of the anthropology and sociology of Islam that experience consolidated this formation. It indicates that, whilst this Islam profits expanding traction in cultural construction from tv indicates to videos to novels, the main complex contestations of Islam so construed are to be present in the paintings of Muslim writers and painters.

This publication contains prolonged readings of jihadist proclamations; postcolonial legislation; responses to legislations from minorities in Muslim-majority societies; Islamophobic motion pictures; the novels of Leila Aboulela, Mohammed Hanif, and Nadeem Aslam; and the work of Komail Aijazuddin.

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