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(2013) Being a muslim in the world, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

Breaking the binary

Hamid Dabashi

pp. 19-41

In chapter 2,I explore why a post-Western regime of knowledge is necessary and how in fact its elements are already evident. The habitual binaries between "Islam and the West," between "religion and secularism," need to be conceptually discarded. The language of "Islam and the West" has secured, from its very inception and in its very grammatology, a condition of superiority for one and an epistemic vicariousness for the other side of the imbalance. Breaking that binary is a critical task we must undertake by way of retrieving the worlds that preceded it, and anticipating what is coming next.

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DOI: 10.1057/9781137301291_3

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Dabashi, H. (2013). Breaking the binary, in Being a muslim in the world, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19-41.

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