With a focus on the areas of theory, literature, culture, society and film, this collection of essays examines, questions and broadens the applicability of Postcolonialism and Islam from a multifaceted and cross-disciplinary perspective.
Topics covered include the relationship between Postcolonialism and Orientalism, theoretical perspectives on Postcolonialism and Islam, the position of Islam within postcolonial literature, Muslim identity in British and European contexts, and the role of Islam in colonial and postcolonial cinema in Egypt and India. At a time at which Islam continues to be at the centre of increasingly heated and frenzied political and academic deliberations, Postcolonialism and Islam offers a framework around which the debate on Muslims in the modern world can be centred.
Transgressing geographical, disciplinary and theoretical boundaries, this book is an invaluable resource for students of Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociolgy and Literature.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction Part I: Keynotes 2 Multicultural Politics in Post-Islamist Muslim Britain - Tahir Abbas 3 Muhammad Iqbal: Islam, Aesthetics and Postcolonialism – Javed Majeed 4 Postcolonialism and Orientalism – Patrick Williams Part II: Theory 5 Between Postcolonialism and Radical Historicism: The Contested Muslim Political Subject – Rosa Vasilaki 6 Arab Spring: the End of Postcolonialism? Fanon’s War and Franco-Maghrebian Theory – Kath Kerr-Koch 7 Rushdie, Said, Islam and Secular Postcolonialism – Hasan Majed Part III: Literature 8 Postnational Aesthetics and the Work of Mourning in Ahmed Ali’s Twilight in Delhi – Alex Padamsee 9 The Domestic Other: Islam in Modern Arabic Literature – Christina Phillips 10 Academia, Empathy and Faith: Leila Aboulela’s The Translator – Catherine Rashid 11 “He does not deny the suspicion that he himself is a Muslim”: Goethe, Said and the other Orient – Fritz Wefelmeyer Part IV: Culture and Society 12 W.H. Quilliam, Marmaduke Pickthall and the Window of British Modernist Islam – Geoffrey Nash 13 Liberal Multiculturalism/ Liberal Monoculturalism - Alexej Ulbricht 14 Between Hip-Hop and Muhammad: European Muslim Hip-Hop and Identity - Amir Saeed Part V: Film 15 Realist Cinema and Political Islam – Anastasia Valassopoulos 16 Shooting Muslims: Looking at Islam in Bollywood through a Postcolonial Lens – Syed Haider Ali 17 The Battle of Algiers Revisited – Gerhard Koch
Dr. Geoffrey Nash is Senior Lecturer in English at Sunderland University. His research focuses on Orientalism, Anglophone Arab writing, and Muslim literature. Among his publications are Comte Gobineau and Orientalism: Selected Eastern Writings (Routledge, 2009) and Writing Muslim Identity (2012).
Dr. Kathleen Kerr-Koch is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland where she teaches Literary Theory, Literary History and Women’s Autobiography. Her research interests include Romanticism, Literary and Cultural Theory, World Literatures, especially women’s literature outside of the European canonical mainstream, and the philosophical imaginary. Her latest book is Romancing Fascism: Modernity and Allegory in Benjamin, de Man and Shelley.
Dr. Sarah Hackett is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at Bath Spa University. Her research focuses upon European Muslim immigration in the post-1945 period, particularly to Britain and Germany. She is author of Foreigners, Minorities and Integration: The Muslim Immigrant Experience in Britain and Germany (2013).