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Enlightenment in the Colony: The Jewish Question and the Crisis of Postcolonial Culture

New book by Aamir Mufti

Enlightenment in the Colony opens up the history of the "Jewish question" for the first time to a broader discussion—that of the social exclusion of religious and cultural minorities in modern times, and in particular the crisis of Muslim identity in modern India. Mufti argues that the minoritization of some social and cultural fragment of the population is the one characteristic shared by all emerging national cultures since the neneteenth century. He hopes his book "will make a convincing case for ways of thinking that are irredeemably secular, at a moment that is sometimes too hastily coming to be described as 'post-secular'."

Aamir R. Mufti is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at UCLA. He is the coeditor of Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation, and Postcolonial Perspectives and the editor of "Critical Secularism," a special issue of the journal boundary 2.

Center for Near Eastern Studies