By Madeline Clements

This publication explores no matter if the post-9/11 novels of Rushdie, Hamid, Aslam and Shamsie should be learn as a part of an try to revise smooth ‘knowledge’ of the Islamic international, utilizing globally-distributed English-language literature to reframe Muslims’ capability to connect to others. Focussing on novels together with Shalimar the Clown, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Wasted Vigil, and Burnt Shadows, the writer combines aesthetic, historic, political and religious issues with analyses of the preferred discourses and important discussions surrounding the novels; and scrutinises how the writers were appropriated as actual spokespeople via dominant political and cultural forces. eventually, she explores how, as writers of Indian and Pakistani starting place, Rushdie, Hamid, Aslam and Shamsie negotiate their identities, and the tensions of being visible to behave as Muslim representatives, in terms of the complicated foreign and geopolitical context during which they write.

Show description

Read or Download Writing Islam from a South Asian Muslim Perspective: Rushdie, Hamid, Aslam, Shamsie PDF

Similar asian books

Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia

The unfold of Islam eastward into South and Southeast Asia was once some of the most major cultural shifts in international heritage. because it multiplied into those areas, Islam used to be got by way of cultures drastically assorted from these within the center East, incorporating them right into a assorted worldwide neighborhood that stretched from India to the Philippines.

Asian Affairs (assortment of journal articles)

Number of following artciles from the magazine Asian Affairs released by way of Routledge:

1. Afghan-Pakistan border disputes
2. Bangladesh Land and Water
three. British cemeteries in South Asia
four. British consuls in Kashgar
five. British India's casual Empire and Spheres of impression in Asia and Africa
6. through land from Gilgit to Hong Kong
7. Eric Newby, the Hindu Kush and the Ganges
eight. Francis Younghusband and the good game
nine. India and the Himalayan states
10. Karakoram and Hunza
eleven. Kashmir a story of 2 valleys
12. misplaced chance The Alaska-Siberia tunnel
thirteen. Memsahibs in Persia
14. difficulties of pastoralism within the Afghan Pamirs
15. Russian Railway Penetration in valuable Asia
sixteen. Siberia's Lake Baikal
17. Strategic Railways at the Border of British India
18. The Durand Line
19. The Indus - life-blood of Pakistan
20. The Mysteries of the Gobi Desert
21. The Shanghai Co-Operation Organisation
22. The Sikhs earlier than and after Indian independence
23. the incomplete time table of the partition
24. what's Taiwan to China

Exploring Japanese Literature: Read Mishima, Tanizaki, and Kawabata in the Original

Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima and Jun’ichiro Tanizaki are all giants of global literature. certainly sufficient, scholars are looking to adventure their works i n the unique jap, yet even monitoring down a narrative of the best size and trouble point can turn out a tremendous hurdle. Exploring jap Literature provides one each one of those writers’ best-known stories--plus all of the linguistic aid you must learn them with fluency and delight.

Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Women's Fiction: Gender, Narration and Globalisation

This ebook is the 1st comparative research of a brand new new release of diasporic Anglophone South Asian ladies novelists together with Kiran Desai, Tahmima Anam, Monica Ali, Kamila Shamsie and Jhumpa Lahiri from a feminist standpoint. It charts the numerous adjustments those writers have produced in postcolonial and modern women’s fiction because the past due Nineteen Nineties.

Extra info for Writing Islam from a South Asian Muslim Perspective: Rushdie, Hamid, Aslam, Shamsie

Sample text

It should be noted that critics such as Spencer (2010b: 262) have recently seen fit to draw a distinction between Rushdie’s ‘literary’ and ‘political output’, arguing that his early and controversial novel The Satanic Verses offers, by contrast, ‘an attack on [a] kind of Islam, not Islam per se’. 1 Rushdie’s two post-9/11 novels redirect the reader’s attentions towards Muslims in “native” South Asian (as opposed to migrant, diasporic) contexts, and would certainly seem to bear witness to a subtle but arguably significant shift not only in critical but in literaryfictional focus.

Abdulrazak Gurnah (2007: 3) suggests that whatever Rushdie’s desires to the contrary, he can never quite succeed in his aim, expressed in Shame (1983), ‘to write “the East” out of him and found new origins’. Writing Islam considers what happens when “Eastern” (South Asian, Muslim) identities are suddenly re-politicised, and explores the effect this may have on the production and reception of the world literary text. Terry Eagleton (1996: 7) has observed that ‘in much that is classified as literature, the truth value and practical relevance of what is said is considered important to the overall effect’.

For, in this anxious moment, as Mondal (2012: 38) notes, ‘subjective experience is taken to validate the [literary] text’s representation of a social phenomenon ([such as] Islamism)’ in the rush to “understand” its attraction, and the writer’s ‘representation of what he calls [Islam] . . is taken to be “true” because he speaks of it from “firsthand” experience’. 12 The transnational South Asian Muslim authors whose works I examine remain conscious of the ways in which – on account of their heritage, craft and class status – they may be assumed to be “implicated” (or may strategically implicate themselves) in the complex cultural and (geo)political contexts about which they write.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.35 of 5 – based on 45 votes