Acts of Negation: Modality and Spatiality in The Satanic Verses

Journal Article
Sadiq, Ebtisam Ali . 2013
Publication Work Type
Literary Criticism
Contemporary Novel
Magazine \ Newspaper
Jordan Journal of Modern Languages and Literature
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Publication Abstract

This paper reads Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses through a postcolonial critical perspective. It argues that the author rewrites the history of Islam by utilizing postcolonial strategies of historiographic modality and spatiality in order to challenge Islam as a colonizing force and deconstruct what he considers its essentialist creeds. Ironically, Rushdie abuses postcolonial discourse by essentializing Islam and evaluating it from an imperial perspective and a Eurocentric point of view. Such practice undermines his claims to modality and to spatial history writing and compromises his decolonizing project against Islam.

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