This book is a radical piece of counter-intuitive rethinking of the clash of civilizations theory and global politics.

In this richly detailed criticism of contemporary politics, Hamid Dabashi argues that after 9/11 we have not seen a new phase in a long running confrontation between Islam and the West, but that such categories have in fact collapsed and exhausted themselves. The West is no longer a unified actor and Islam is ideologically depleted in its confrontation with colonialism. Rather we are seeing the emergence of the US as a lone superpower, and a confrontation between a form of imperial globalized capital and the rising need for a new Islamic theodicy. 

The combination of political salience and theoretical force makes Islamic Liberation Theology a cornerstone of a whole new generation of thinking about political Islamism and a compelling read for anyone interested in contemporary Islam, current affairs and US foreign policy. Dabashi drives his well-supported and thoroughly documented points steadily forward in an earnest and highly readable style.

chapter |24 pages


chapter 1|34 pages

Resisting the empire

chapter 2|40 pages

The end of Islamic ideology

chapter 3|44 pages

Blindness and insight

chapter 4|28 pages

Islam and globalization

chapter 5|25 pages

The Shi’i passion play

chapter 6|38 pages

Liberation theodicy

chapter 7|20 pages

Malcolm X as a Muslim revolutionary