Islam In The Eastern African Novel

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

byEmad Mirmotahari

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Islam in the Eastern African Novel offers an idiosyncratic perspective on the sub-Saharan African novel by engaging three novelists from eastern Africa—Nuruddin Farah, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and M. G. Vassanji. Mirmotahari argues that Islam is not an incidental factor in the fiction produced by these writers, but a central presence that renews conversations about nationhood, race, diaspora, coloniality, and the novel itself as a form in a sub-Saharan African and postcolonial context.

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Islam in the Eastern African Novel offers an idiosyncratic perspective on the sub-Saharan African novel by engaging three novelists from eastern Africa—Nuruddin Farah, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and M. G. Vassanji. Mirmotahari argues that Islam is not an incidental factor in the fiction produced by these writers, but a central presence that re...

Emad Mirmotahari is an Assistant Professor of English at Duquesne University. His research and teaching focus on African literatures and the literatures of the African diaspora.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:222 pages, 8.6 × 5.75 × 0.72 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230108431

ISBN - 13:9780230108431

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"This book will reward anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Islam in East African literatures. Proponents of close readings and thematic studies will find this book extremely useful as the analysis is a remarkable effort in rescuing Islam from the margins of cultural theory, allowing the voice of African Muslims from the eastern African coast to be emphatically heard. But most of all, Mirmotahari’s sensitive study of Islam is a timely rejoinder to critics of African literatures who have repeatedly engaged in poorly informed interpretations and readings of Islam in African literary fiction, stemming mostly from a lack of proper knowledge and sensitivity to the religion and its practitioners." -Contemporary Islam“The most comprehensive study of Islam in Eastern African fiction to date, Mirmotahari’s book is a welcome addition to the region’s re-visioning of its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious history. Well researched and well-argued, this book provides new perspectives on the work of Nuruddin Farah and will hopefully encourage teachers to introduce lesser-taught authors such as Abdulrazak Gurnah and M.G. Vassanji in the classroom.”-- Gaurav Desai, Tulane University"Islam in the Eastern African Novel is a superb study that extends and deepens our understanding of the African novel, while at the same time illuminating a panorama of African history that strikingly reveals the inadequacy of the Atlantic paradigm for comprehending the broader expanse of the black world."--Robert Elliot Fox, Southern Illinois University