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38 - Post-Secular Perspectives

Writing and Fundamentalisms

from (II) - Framing New Visions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 December 2019

Susheila Nasta
Affiliation:
Queen Mary University of London
Mark U. Stein
Affiliation:
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
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Especially since the publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses in 1988 and the protests that followed, Islam and Muslims in Britain have been at the centre of public and political debate. The protracted conflict between Rushdie exercising his right to free speech and Muslims demanding respect for their faith helped forge a reductive opposition between creative freedom and religious repression which continues to shape constructions of Muslims today. This chapter explores how works by writers including Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Nadeem Aslam, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, Leila Aboulela, Kamila Shamsie, and Sunjeev Sahota engage with the aftermath of the Satanic Verses controversy or respond to the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks in New York and London. Moving through themes including cross-cultural translation, belonging, place and terror, and underlining the importance of thinking about religion and race always in combination with gender and class, the chapter asks how far and in what ways this body of writing offers us a post-secular perspective – one that recognises the place of religiosity within the public sphere, and advocates a mutually respectful dialogue between secularism and faith.

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Print publication year: 2020

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  • Post-Secular Perspectives
  • Edited by Susheila Nasta, Queen Mary University of London, Mark U. Stein, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Book: The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing
  • Online publication: 19 December 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164146.040
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  • Post-Secular Perspectives
  • Edited by Susheila Nasta, Queen Mary University of London, Mark U. Stein, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Book: The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing
  • Online publication: 19 December 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164146.040
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  • Post-Secular Perspectives
  • Edited by Susheila Nasta, Queen Mary University of London, Mark U. Stein, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
  • Book: The Cambridge History of Black and Asian British Writing
  • Online publication: 19 December 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164146.040
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