The Public Intellectual versus Islam

Sam Cherribi

in In the House of War

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734115
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866113 | DOI:


The Public Intellectual versus Islam

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This chapter contemplates developments in ethnic political leadership, and the internal and external effects this is having on contested issues in wider European and transnational contexts, as well as the emergence of ethnic political leadership that had never before been so visible in the public arena. The chapter focuses on two outspoken social critics, both people of color with Muslim backgrounds who are political asylum seekers turned European citizens with major political ambitions. But the similarities end there. Dyad Abou Jahjah and Ayaan Hirsi Ali differ fundamentally in their political orientations and positions: one is against the political establishment and the other is a celebrated member of the political establishment. They also differ fundamentally in their perspectives on Islam. And, because of their genders, they also differ dramatically in their life experiences.

Keywords: news media; imams; perceived visibility; political mobilization; Abou Jahjah; Submission

Chapter.  14314 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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