Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire

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Overview

Are we today witness to a renewed confrontation between "Islam and the West" or are the signs of an imperial domination of globalized capital versus new modes of resistance to it already evident?

This book is a radical piece of counter-intuitive rethinking on the clash of civilizations theory and global politics.

In this richly detailed criticism of contemporary politics, Hamid Dabashi argues that after 9/11 we have not seen a new phase in a long running confrontation between Islam and the West, but that such categories have in fact collapsed and exhausted themselves. The West is no longer a unified actor and Islam is ideologically depleted in its confrontation with colonialism. Rather we are seeing the emergence of the US as a lone superpower, and a confrontation between a form of imperial globalized capital and the rising need for a new Islamic theodicy.

Expanding on his vast body of scholarship in reading political Islamism during the last quarter of a century, Dabashi here lays the groundwork for a progressive rethinking of the place of Islamic cosmopolitanism in navigating modes of legitimate resistance to globalized imperialism.

The combination of political salience and theoretical force makes Islamic Liberation Theology a cornerstone of a whole new generation of thinking about political Islamism and a compelling read for anyone interested in contemporary Islam, current affairs and US foreign policy. Dabashi drives his well-supported and thoroughly documented points steadily forward in an earnest and highly readable style.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415771542
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/11/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Hamid Dabashi is Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, USA. He is the author of several books including: Authority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads (1989/1992); Iran: A People Interrupted (2007); Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundations of the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1993/2005); Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema (edited with an Introduction, 2006); and Close up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future (2001).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Resisting the empire 25

2 The end of Islamic ideology 59

3 Blindness and insight 99

4 Islam and globalization 143

5 The Shi'i passion play 171

6 Liberation theodicy 196

7 Malcolm X as a Muslim revolutionary 234

Conclusion: Prolegomena to a future liberation theodicy 254

Notes 267

Index 295

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