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Writing British MuslimsReligion, class and multiculturalism$
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Ahmed Rehana

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087400

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087400.001.0001

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(p.215) Conclusion
Writing British Muslims

Ahmed Rehana

Manchester University Press

The Conclusion argues that the Rushdie affair established, or at least embedded, the normative terms of conceptualising freedom of expression controversies, and that its influence on perceptions of Islam and Muslims in Britain has been pervasive and persistent. It suggests, further, that the controversy has influenced the work of British writers of South Asian Muslim heritage, much of which is, in varying ways, hamstrung by a secular liberalism in its representation of subjects and communities of faith. Finally, the Conclusion offers a brief exploration of two Muslim writers who trace their heritage to other parts of the world, British Syrian Robin Yassin-Kassab and Sudanese Leila Aboulela, to suggest that their fiction does move beyond the binary of secular liberalism versus religious communalism that the book explores and seeks to deconstruct.

Keywords:   The Rushdie affair, Joseph Anton, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Leila Aboulela, intercultural understanding

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