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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 battle of 1991. It was once consolidated within the interval following September eleven, 2001. it's a identify, a discursive web site, a signifier instantaneously versatile and constrained—indeed, it
is a geopolitical agon, in and round which the most urgent aporias of modernity, enlightenment, liberalism, and reformation are labored out.

At this discursive website are many metonyms for Islam: the veiled or “pious” Muslim lady, the militant, the minority Muslim injured via Western unfastened speech. every one of those figures services as a cipher allowing repeated encounters with the query “How will we loose ourselves from freedom?” time and again, freedom is imagined as Western, glossy, 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 offers a deep critique of the anthropology and sociology of Islam that experience consolidated this formation. It indicates that, at the same time this Islam earnings expanding traction in cultural construction from tv indicates to videos to novels, the main complicated contestations of Islam so construed are to be present in the paintings of Muslim writers and painters.

This ebook comprises prolonged readings of jihadist proclamations; postcolonial legislations; 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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