"There were hopes after the collapse of the Soviet Union that this sort of religion would never re-emerge, at least in the civilized world. It seems, however, these hopes were premature. Political religion is making its come back in Russia, and it is even lurking in the United States."
Nadia Marzouki’s Islam: An American Religion is one of the most exciting books I have read on Islam in the United States recently. It is, in my opinion, the best available piece of scholarship with which one could think about Islam in contemporary American politics. Multiple arguments run through this rich and nuanced book. But buried beneath the surface of the chronology of the chapters lies a narrative of how anti-Muslim polemics have evolved since 9/11 to shape politics in America today.
Rather than a cosmopolitan space where all national literary traditions can finally cohabitate on an equal footing, world literature is instead, Michael Allan argues, a “global discipline,” in both senses of the word. It has not merely governed textual study across the planet from the late eighteenth century forward but, in the process, fundamentally transformed traditions everywhere—and, by extension, the subjectivities of all those it has educated.