ISBN 9788189766085,Muslim Modernities Tabish Khair's Essays on Moderation and Mayhem

Muslim Modernities Tabish Khair's Essays on Moderation and Mayhem


Vitasta Publishing



Vitasta Publishing

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9788189766085

ISBN-10 8189766082


Number of Pages 302 Pages
Language (English)


A secular world vs the Muslim world is the presumed order of the day and every individual inadvertently belongs to one camp or the other. Muslim Modernities is a collection of essays that embarks upon the difficult task of making our planet full of binaries a little less chaotic. From 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre, Iraq war, Danish Prophet cartoons, the arrest of Dr Haneef, to the Gujarat riots, Tabish Khair analyses all the issues objectively in the book. While taking a look at some of the most controversial contemporary issues, Khair does not forget that a coin always has two sides, and that the entire blame cannot be transferred onto one side, be it the West or the Muslim world. He lays bare the threadwork that forms the basis of both and brings forth the hypocrisies that they subtly try to hide. In a society where Muslims are seen as jihadis, he walks the tightrope between being considered a Muslim 'sympathiser' by liberal thinkers and western critics, and a liberal violator by believing Muslims. He, however, stays clear of being typecasted and provides a viewpoint which is free of prejudices and based upon his understanding and experiences. Above all, these are extremely lucid essays by one of India's most accomplished writers, essays that outline the personal journey of a human being struggling--and often succeeding to make sense of our troubled world. About the Author Tabish Khair is an associate professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Born and educated mostly in Bihar, India, he is the author of a critically-acclaimed collection of poems. Where Parallel Lines Meet (Penguin, 2000) and the novel. The Bus Stopped (Picador, 2004), which was short-listed for the Encore Award in Uk. His other novel Filming: A Love Story (Picdor, London) also received rave reviews. He has won the All India Portry Prize and Written or edited/co-edited several studies and anthologies, including Babu Fictions; Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Novels and Other Routes; 1500 Years of African and Asian Travel Writing. Other titles by Tabish Khair includes - Where Parallel Lines Meet, Babu Fictions: Alienation in Indian English Novels, The Bus Stopped, Other Routes, Filming: A Love Story, "The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness: Ghosts from Elsewhere", Man of Glass: Poems, The Thing About Thugs, etc. Renu Kaul Verma, Publishing Director, is a former journalist who has worked with major Indian dailies such as the Times of India, Indian Express and The Hindustan Times. She is responsible for the manuscripts that come to us and supervises the process of their getting converted into books.