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Postmodernism and Islam : Predicament and Promise - Akbar S. Ahmed

Postmodernism and Islam

Predicament and Promise

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Published: 10th June 2004
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Can West and East ever understand each other? In this extraordinary book one of the world's leading Muslim scholars explores an area which has been almost entirely neglected by scholars in the field - the area of postmodernism and Islam. This landmark work is startling and constantly perceptive in its exploration of Western and Islamic culture. Emphasizing the role of the mass media in shaping our understanding of East-West relations, Akbar S. Ahmed analyses the ways in which the media turned events like the Salman Rushdie affair and the Gulf war into a carnival of spectacle and entertainment. He makes use of the postmodern theme of the displaced, circulating image to show how images are used to tell stories - stories which are not always helpful or accurate. In this new, revised edition, Akbar S. Ahmed includes a remarkable and stimulating new preface, in which he reconsiders this topic in the light of the contemporary, post September 11th, world.

Preface
Postmodernism and Islam
Questions for Our Age
Grappling with Postmodernism
Muslim Entry into the Postmodernist Phase of History
Muslim Dilemma
Greek Gods and Semitic Prohets
The Greeks and the Semites
Star
Cross
Crescent
Confrontation and Clash
Islam and the West: A Third Encounter of the Close Kind
The Continuing Impact of the European Legacy
The Tyranny of the Nation-State
Kashmir: A Paradigmatic Post-Modernist Muslim Movement?
Studying Islam
Muslim Scholarship
The Satanic Verses Affair
The Growth of Occidentalism
Non-Muslim Observers of Islam
Culture and Change
Your Jeans for You, My Robes for Me
Islamic Art and Architecture
Changing Western Society
Dangerous Crossings
The Evil Demon: The Media as Master
vnderstanding the Demon
The Demon and the Disintegration of the Family
Muslims and the Demon
Conclusion: Taming the Demon, References, Index
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ISBN: 9780415348553
ISBN-10: 0415348552
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 10th June 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition