Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World

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Anouar Majid, Unveiling Traditions: Postcolonial Islam in a Polycentric World, Durham: Duke University Press, 2000

Professor Anouar Majid is the Director of the Centre for Global Humanities at the University of New England. He engages with concepts drawn from a wide range of disciplines such as postcolonial criticism, cultural studies, and Islamic feminism to consider Islam’s position in the context of globalization, and its interrelationships with the West. In Unveiling Traditions, seen by many critics as a vital contribution to a wider understanding of the context in which the World Trade Centre attacks took place, Majid argues for a Western re-conception of Islam as a modern world culture, and of Muslims as important contributors to the creation of contemporary global multiculture.

An overview of the book and a preview of selections from it can be found at: http://books.google.com/books?id=28iffqTQ7XgC&source=gbs_navlinks_s.

Majid has also published several other works since 9/11 which seek to offer alternative framings of Muslims and Islam. These include A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) and, most recently, We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities (University of Minnesota Press, 2009). See: http://www.une.edu/cgh/director/scholarship.cfm for further details.