Islam, Ethics, Revolt

Islam, Ethics, Revolt : Politics and Piety in Francophone West African and Mahgreb Narrative

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Rereading works by Camara Laye, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Rachid Boudjedra, Yambo Ouologuem, Ahmadou Kourouma, Mariama Ba, and Assia Djebar, this study explores the struggle to craft decolonized Islamic identities within sub-Saharan and North African societies. Linking the politics of these narratives to an Islamic piety rooted in ethical revolt against egotism and idolatry, the study considers the agency of non-Western values in postcolonial literature and the relationship between novelistic and prophetic discursive authority.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739116495
  • 9780739116494

About Donald R. Wehrs

Donald Wehrs is associate professor of English at Auburn University.
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Review quote

Philosophically informed and highly sensitive to contemporary political issues, Donald Wehrs is the perfect guide to these brilliant novels that deserve to be so much better known. This is a wonderful book. -- Robert Bernasconi, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University The book's rich bibliography encourages further exploration. Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. -- K. M. Kapanga CHOICE, April 2009 Wehrs's work is a valuable addition to the growing body of scholarship analyzing Islam as more than a sociological feature in African literature. Research in African Literatures, Spring 2010 In picking up a new book by Donald Wehrs, one expects to find wide literary and cultural reading, theoretical complexity, and challenging interpretations of individual works. All that is present in Islam, Ethics, Revolt. However, one might not have expected Wehrs's deeply sympathetic portrayal of Islamic piety. This feature of the book stands out particularly in the current intellectual and social climate. -- Patrick Colm Hogan, University of Connecticut, author ofEmpire and Poetic Voice
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: Ethical Revolt in Islamic Piety and Novelistic Discourse Chapter 4 1 Gendering the Subject and Engendering the Self: Mande Acculturation, Islamic Piety, and the Forging of Ethical Identity in Camara Laye's L'Enfant noir Chapter 5 2 Islamic Ethics, Anticolonialism, and the Perils of Modernity and its Repudiation: Cheikh Hamidou Kane's L'aventure ambigue Chapter 6 3 Modernity in Revolt Against Islam: Ouologuem's Le devoir de violence and Boudjedra's La Repudiation Chapter 7 4 Political Economy, Cultural Despair, and the Crisis of The Language of Revolt: Kourouma's Les soleils des independances Chapter 8 5 Incorporating the Female Subject: Revolt, Despair, and Madness in Ba's Un chant ecarlate Chapter 9 6 The "Sensible," the Maternal, and the Ethical Grounding of Feminist Islamic Discourse in Djebar's L'Amour, la fantasia and Loin de Medine Chapter 10 7 Requiem and Rebirth: The Language of Islamic Ethical Revolt in Djebar's Blanc de l'Algerie Chapter 11 Conclusion: Islamic Ethical Revolt in Historical and Philosophical Context Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Author
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