Liberalism and Islam in Contemporary Global Literature

deadline for submissions: 
January 29, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Priyadarshini Gupta
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Liberalism  and  Islam  in  Contemporary  Global  Literature 

Post-9/11  interdisciplinary  scholarship  has  considered questions  of  Islamophobia,  Islam’s incompatibility  with  the  democracy,  Muslims  as  either  ‘victims’  or  ‘perpetrators’,  or  Muslims responding  or  adapting  to  the  Muslim demonization  in  and outside  the  Muslim world.  But  there is  little  to  no  scholarship  on  how  Islam in  everyday  life  shapes  or  is  shaped by  western  liberalism in  post-9/11  global fiction.  To  that  effect,  this  panel aims  to  understand the  complicated relationship  between  liberalism and Islam through  contemporary  Muslim literature.  It  also  seeks to  understand the  ways  in  which  contemporary  fiction  and its  depiction  of  “acceptable”  Islam have  Orientalized Muslims  in  a  post-9/11  economy.   

This  panel will discuss  the  ways  in  which  liberalism manufactures  a  certain  vision  of  Islam,  one that  promotes  a  Western  creed of  equality,  liberty,  and acceptability  even  after  being  vulnerable to  Islamic  terrorism.  Liberalism also  shapes  global trends  of  secularism,  terrorism,  and migration in  relation  to  Islam.  Therefore,  this  panel complicates  and uncomplicates  the  relation  between western  liberalism,  orientalism after  9/11,  and Muslim identity  politics  through  literary productions.  Topics  included but  are  not  limited to: 

1)  “Every  day  Islam”  in  Literature

2)  Liberalism and Orientalism

3)  The  relation  between  piety  and its  performance  in  Muslim everyday  life  in  Literature

4)  Neo-Orientalism in  global literature. 

5)  Muslim identity  politics  and liberalism in  western  spaces.    

Please  send a  300  word abstract  to  Priyadarshini Gupta  at  priyadarshini@jgu.edu.in  by  the  29th  of January,  2022.