With a focus on the areas of theory, literature, culture, society and film, this collection of essays examines, questions and broadens the applicability of Postcolonialism and Islam from a multifaceted and cross-disciplinary perspective.

Topics covered include the relationship between Postcolonialism and Orientalism, theoretical perspectives on Postcolonialism and Islam, the position of Islam within postcolonial literature, Muslim identity in British and European contexts, and the role of Islam in colonial and postcolonial cinema in Egypt and India. At a time at which Islam continues to be at the centre of increasingly heated and frenzied political and academic deliberations, Postcolonialism and Islam offers a framework around which the debate on Muslims in the modern world can be centred.

Transgressing geographical, disciplinary and theoretical boundaries, this book is an invaluable resource for students of Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociolgy and Literature.

part |47 pages


chapter |13 pages

Muhammad Iqbal

Islam, aesthetics and postcolonialism

part |38 pages


chapter |11 pages

Between postcolonialism and radical historicism

The contested Muslim political subject

chapter |12 pages

Arab Spring

The end of postcolonialism? Fanon's war and Franco-Maghrebian theory

part |53 pages


chapter |13 pages

The other in modern Arabic literature

A critique of postcolonial theory

chapter |11 pages

Academia, empathy and faith

Leila Aboulela's The Translator

chapter |12 pages

‘He does not deny the suspicion that he himself is a Muslim'

Goethe, Said and the other Orient

part |38 pages

Culture and society

chapter |12 pages

Backlash as excess

Scattered speculations on liberal multiculturalism

chapter |12 pages

Between Hip-hop and Muhammad

European Muslim Hip-hop and identity

part |34 pages


chapter |9 pages

‘Shooting Muslims'

Looking at Muslims in Bollywood through a postcolonial lens