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Monks and Their Daughters

Thomas Sizgorich

in Muslims and Others in Sacred Space

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925049
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980468 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925049.003.0008

Series: AAR Religion, Culture, and History

Monks and Their Daughters

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To date, the literatures produced in the lands subject to Muslim rule following the Arab conquests of the first/seventh century have seldom been read in accordance with the hermeneutic strategies that have emerged from the works of such postcolonial critics as Edward Said and Homi Bhabha. When the Muslim and Christian texts produced within the late ancient and early medieval dār al-Islām are read in this fashion, however, they reveal much about the imperial context within which their authors imagined and wrote. This chapter suggests that monastic space—that imagined and topographical space associated with Christian monks and monastic institutions and traditions—provided Muslim and Christian authors alike a venue in which to fantasize about relations between their respective communities. These texts suggest much about the economies of desire, imagination and power that abided within the diverse and increasingly interconnected Muslim and Christian communities of the post-conquest Muslim empire.

Keywords: Arab conquests; Edward Said; Homi Babba; dār al-Islām; monastic space; desire; imagination; power

Chapter.  10729 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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