Islamic Liberation Theology: Resisting the Empire by Hamid Dabashi

By Hamid Dabashi

This ebook is a thorough piece of counter-intuitive rethinking of the conflict of civilizations idea and worldwide politics.

In this richly distinctive feedback of up to date politics, Hamid Dabashi argues that once 9-11 we've not visible a brand new section in a protracted operating war of words among Islam and the West, yet that such different types have in truth collapsed and exhausted themselves. The West isn't any longer a unified actor and Islam is ideologically depleted in its war of words with colonialism. quite we're seeing the emergence of the U.S. as a lone superpower, and a war of words among a sort of imperial globalized capital and the emerging want for a brand new Islamic theodicy.В 

The mixture of political salience and theoretical strength makes Islamic Liberation Theology a cornerstone of a complete new new release of puzzling over political Islamism and a compelling learn for somebody attracted to modern Islam, present affairs and US overseas coverage. Dabashi drives his well-supported and punctiliously documented issues progressively ahead in an earnest and hugely readable style.

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As a revolutionary template of such actual and potential movements, in the fifth chapter, ‘‘Ta’ziyeh as theater of protest,’’ I will give an account of the historically most militant Islamic sect, Shi’ism, but this time through a reading of its Passion Play (Ta’ziyeh) – the symbolically most explosive repertoire of its insurrectionary disposition, its theater of protest. As the single most performative evidence of Islam as a religion of protest, a religion that can never lose its revolutionary disposition without ipso facto contradicting – and thus getting ready to redeem – itself, Ta’ziyeh is a theater of redemption and protest inundated with rich revolutionary potentials.

AlQaeda and the Pentagon are now the two sides of the same coin, when it comes to ordinary, innocent, and bewildered citizens – Americans and nonAmericans, Muslims and non-Muslims – all squarely at the mercy of both. Contrary to the prevalent assumptions of a clash of civilization between ‘‘Islam and the West,’’ we have in fact concluded the period of civilizational conflict. One of my principal arguments in this book is that civilizational thinking had a very short but crucial role in the course of the colonial encounter of Muslims with European modernity, but that it has now effectively exhausted its uses and abuses in facilitating the operation of the globalized capital.

The result, a simultaneous dismantling of both ‘‘Islam’’ and ‘‘the West’’ as the mirror image of each other and the evident emergence of a new mode of US imperial domination and revolutionary resistance to it. To begin to understand what the parameters of these new revolutionary agenda might be – while noting that we have passed through a major turning point in the global manners of both imperial power and revolutionary resistances to it – is the emerging agenda of a whole new generation of reading, writing, and scholarship.

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