9/11 as a new temporal phase for Islam: the narrative and temporal framing of Islam in crisis

Y. Ibrahim

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Since the bombing of the twin towers, ‘Islam’ as a cultural narrative has entered a new temporal phase which in many ways signifies the re-imagining of a religion through the visual imagery of 9/11 and the global events which have unfolded since the apocalyptic images were first witnessed by the world. The distant proximity of 9/11 and the relocation of the perceived Islamic ‘resurgent atavism’ within the heartlands of power in Western soil constitute the formation of a new sociological imagination of Islam and 9/11 as a new liminal temporality. The association of the religion with a new category of risks in urban sites and the constant state of insecurity in seemingly secure spaces represents a new narrative phase of geo-politics in which the locus of this re-imagining mediated through ICTs, is one that happens not just in faraway places but within the ‘ontological securities' of Western modernity, posing a liquid threat which is impervious to territorially bounded spheres.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-51
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary Islam
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

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  • 9/11, Globalisation, Islam, Risk discourse


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