Interrogating secularism: race and religion in Arab transnational literature and art

« 'Interrogating Secularism' is a call to rethink binary categories of “religion” and “secularism” in contemporary Arab American fiction and art. While most studies that explore the traffic between literature and issues of secularism emphasize how canonical texts naturalize and reinforce s...

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Main Author: Haque, Danielle
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Syracuse, New York Syracuse University Press 2019
Enclosed titles:Preface: The Universal Thump
Preface: The Universal Thump
Introduction: Race, Religion, Nation
Introduction: Race, Religion, Nation
1. Navigating Bodies
1. Navigating Bodies
2. Curating Religion
2. Curating Religion
3. Novel Formations
3. Novel Formations
4. Secularism and the Apocalypse
4. Secularism and the Apocalypse
5. Religious Geographies and Secular Maps
5. Religious Geographies and Secular Maps
Conclusion: Imagining Our Own Grace
Edition:First edition 2019
Series/Journal:Critical Arab American studies
Further subjects:B American fiction 20th century History and criticism
B United States
B Secularism in literature
B Arab American arts
B Race in literature
B Islam and secularism (United States)
B American fiction Arab American authors History and criticism
B Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Summary:« 'Interrogating Secularism' is a call to rethink binary categories of “religion” and “secularism” in contemporary Arab American fiction and art. While most studies that explore the traffic between literature and issues of secularism emphasize how canonical texts naturalize and reinforce secular values, Interrogating Secularism approaches this nexus through novels written by and about ethnic and religious minorities. Haque juxtaposes accounts of secular experience in the writing of Arab Anglophone authors such as Mohja Kahf, Rabih Alameddine, Khaled Mattawa, Laila Lalami, and Rawi Hage, with Arab and Muslim artists such as Ninar Esber, Mounir Fatmi, Hasan Elahi, and Emily Jacir. Looking at multiple genres and modes of aesthetic production, including AIDS narratives, visual art, and digital media, Haque explores how their conventions are used to subvert the ideals tied to secularism and the various anxieties and investments that support secularism as a premise. These authors and artists critique Western iterations of secular thought in spaces such as art exhibits, airports, borders, and literary discourses to capture how the secularism thesis reproduces the exclusivity it intends to remedy. « (Verlagsbeschreibung)
Item Description:Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 215-228 und Index
ISBN:0815636318