Being a Muslim in the World

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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 ...

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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9781137301284
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 188
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Breaking the Binary
Muslim Cosmopoles
Being a Muslim in the World
Is there an Islamic World?
Din, Dowlat, Donya
Religion—Quote Unquote
Toward a Hermeneutics of Alterity
Conclusion

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