By Sadia Abbas

ISBN-10: 0823257851

ISBN-13: 9780823257850

ISBN-10: 082325786X

ISBN-13: 9780823257867

the topic of this booklet 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 struggle of 1991. It was once consolidated within the interval following September eleven, 2001. it's a identify, a discursive website, a signifier instantly 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 girl, the militant, the minority Muslim injured via Western unfastened speech. each one of those figures services as a cipher permitting repeated encounters with the query “How can we loose ourselves from freedom?” many times, freedom is imagined as Western, smooth, imperial—a darkish imposition of Enlightenment. The pious and injured Muslim who wishes 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, at the same time this Islam profits expanding traction in cultural construction from tv exhibits to video clips to novels, the main complicated contestations of Islam so construed are to be present in the paintings of Muslim writers and painters.

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

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