Postmodernism and Islam
Author: Akbar Ahmed
Table of Contents
Preface, 1. Postmodernism and Islam, i. Questions For Our Age, ii. Grappling with Postmodernism, iii.
Muslim Entry into the Postmodernist Phase of History, iv. Muslim Dilemma, 2. Greek Gods and Semitic
Prohets, i. The Greeks and the Semites, ii. Star, iii. Cross, iv. Crescent, 3. Confrontation and Clash, i.
Islam and the West: A Third Encounter of the Close Kind, ii. The Continuing Impact of the European
Legacy, iii. The Tyranny of the Nation-State, iv. Kashmir: A Paradigmatic Post-Modernist Muslim
Movement? 4. Studying Islam, i. Muslim Scholarship, ii. The Satanic Verses Affair, iii. The Growth of
Occidentalism, iv. Non-Muslim Observers of Islam, 5. Culture and Change, i. Your Jeans for You, My
Robes for Me, ii. Islamic Art and Architecture, iii. Changing Western Society, iv. Dangerous Crossings, 6.
The Evil Demon: The Media as Master, i. vnderstanding the Demon, ii. The Demon and the Disintegration
of the Family, iii. Muslims and the Demon, iv. Conclusion: Taming the Demon, References, Index
In this remarkable and accomplished book Professor Akbar Ahmed is a friendly and knowledgeable
companion through the thickets of Western culture and Islamic culture. As one of the world's leading
Islamic scholars and an incisive Muslim commentator on the West, he is in a unique position to offer an
indispensible guide to these complicated and vexed questions. He writes with a clear moral purpose: to
reduce misunderstandings between East and West and to make what seems alien and strange to each
Why do Muslims want to kill Salman Rushdie? How can the study of the Greek gods help to make sense
of the current perceptions and misperceptions in East-West relations? Will Islam replace Communism as
the new enemy of the West? What is the relevance of postmodernism to Islam? Can West and East ever
understand each other? In exploring these questions Professor Ahmed goes back into history and looks
into the future. Emphasizing the role of the mass media in shaping our mental map of East-West
relations, he analyses the ways the media turned the Rushdie affair and the Gulf war into a carnival of
spectacle and entertainment. He makes use of the postmodern theme of the displaced, circulating image
to show how images are used to tell stories - stories which are not always helpful or accurate.
Written with panache and an unswerving fidelity to truth Postmodernism and Islam will help us to
understand our times. Above all, it will be seen as a major enquiry in the study of Islamic and Christian
`Brilliant, provocative and accessible ... A marker and a signpost in Muslim interactions with the West.'