Representing Jihad: The Appearing and Disappearing Radical (Paperback)Jacqueline O'Rourke (author)
Paperback 264 Pages / Published: 09/08/2012
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The jihad has been at the centre of the West's securitization discourse for more than a decade. Theorists constantly use the jihadist as a discursive tool to further their neoliberal, military and market agendas, perpetuating massive gaps of understanding between 'the West', Muslims and jihadists themselves. They are helped by Muslim interlocutors, who all too often play the role of 'good' Muslims explaining the motifs of the 'bad' Muslims. This timely book argues that Muslim theory and fiction has been significantly commodified to cater to the needs of western ideology. It skillfully critiques the ideological contradictions of the debate around the jihadist by offering a comprehensive analysis of Muslim and non-Muslim cultural critics. Ranging from Edward Said to Slavoj Zizek, from Don DeLillo to Orhan Pamuk and from Mohammed Siddique Khan to Osama bin Laden, this vastly heterogeneous discourse produces a multi-dimensional Muslim response. O'Rourke examines some of its critical fault lines in postcolonial theory and literary analysis. This groundbreaking book argues that the temptation to appropriate the figure of the jihadist offers a fertile area from which to launch a discussion about the limits of current theory.
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 138 mm
'A ground-breaking text.' Ziauddin Sardar, author of Reading the Qur'an 'Jacqueline O'Rourke is showing how the debates around "Islamic radicalization" are revealing both Western and Islamic problematic approaches. She is developing a very thoughtful and interesting double critical analysis. A great, useful and timely book based on very serious and in-depth research.' Tariq Ramadan, author of The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East
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