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On the Muslim Question$
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Anne Norton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157047

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157047.001.0001

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There Is No Clash of Civilizations

There Is No Clash of Civilizations

(p.195) Chapter 10 There Is No Clash of Civilizations
On the Muslim Question

Anne Norton

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that there is no “clash of civilizations,” noting that the West is now a place where Muslims are at home, and Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, and secularists are at home with Muslims. It shows that every day, in defiance of the clash of civilizations, ordinary people find ordinary ways to make a life together. Paul Gilroy has used the word “conviviality” to describe the most important proof that we are making a life in common. The chapter considers Michael Muhammad Knight's novel The Taqwacores, in which he pointed out numerous ways to be Muslim in the West, and cites evidence of conviviality. For example, the idea of a clash of civilizations is resisted in novels, especially graphic novels; Islam is present in the American heartland; and Muslims are present in politics.

Keywords:   clash of civilizations, West, Muslims, Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores, conviviality, novels, graphic novels, Islam, politics

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