Being a Muslim in the World

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 - History - 166 pages
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What does it mean to be a Muslim - in this world, in this deeply transformative time? Hamid Dabashi ask this seminal question anew, in the context of what he proposes is a post-Western world where the "Islam and the West" binary is collapsing and where "the West," as a construct, no longer holds the same normative hegemony. Against the grain of more than two hundred years of colonialism and self-alienation, Islam remains not just a world religion but a worldly religion - one that has always been conscious of itself in successive imperial settings. With the rise of European and then American imperial adventures, Muslims have been on the receiving end of other worldly empires that have forced them into a self-alienating dialogue. Dabashi argues that the urgent task facing contemporary Muslims is to bring their worlds to self-consciousness beyond the self-alienating encounter with European colonial modernity and in the context of the new worldliness that Muslims (like all other people) face. This transition requires crafting a new language of critical conversation with Islam and its cosmopolitan heritage - a language that is tuned to the emerging, not the disappearing, world.
 

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Contents

Muslims in the World
1
1 But There Is Neither East nor West
7
2 Breaking the Binary
19
3 The Muslim Cosmopole
42
4 Being a Muslim
83
Rethinking Worldliness
110
6 ReligionQuote Unquote
139
Toward a Hermeneutics of Alterity
158
Index
161
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Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in the City of New York, US. His most recent publications include Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest (2011), Brown Skin, White Masks (2011), and Corpus Anarchicum: Political Protest, Suicidal Violence, and the Making of the Posthuman Body (2012).