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Jan, Najeeb A.

The Metacolonial State: Pakistan, Critical Ontology, and the Biopolitical Horizons of Political Islam

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'An urgent and extraordinary book. Weaving a philosophical analysis of Heidegger, Agamben and Foucault, Jan draws out the implications of their thought for a radical analysis of the ontological politics of Islam and Pakistan. Whether writing about the 'Ulama and Deoband schools, blasphemy laws, the military, beards, or the Bamiyan Buddhas, Jan provokes and challenges our thinking while unearthing the ground on which Pakistan—and our world—are built.'—Joel Wainwright, Department of Geography, Ohio State University, USA

'In this exceptionally inventive and important book, Jan shows us that the problems besetting political life in Pakistan are part of a more troubling crisis in modern forms of power. Challenging accounts that cordon off "political Islam" from "the West," Jan discloses their fundamental indistinction and thus, through his practice of critical ontology, reorients our understanding of how power and violence are at work in the world.'—Joshua Barkan, Department of Geography, University of Georgia, USA

The Metacolonial Statepresents a novel rethinking of the relationship between Islam and the Political. Key to the text is an original argument regarding the "biopoliticization of Islam" and the imperative need for understanding sovereign power and the state of exception in resolutely ontological terms. Through the formulation of a critical ontology of political violence,The Metacolonial Stateendeavors to shed new light on the signatures of power undergirding postcolonial life, while situating Pakistan as a paradigmatic site for reflection on the nature of modernity's precarious present.

The cross-disciplinary approach of Dr. Jan's work is certain to have broad appeal among geographers, historians, anthropologists, postcolonial theorists, and political scientists, among others. At the same time, his explication of critical ontology – with its radical reading of the interlacement of history, power and the event – promises to add a bold new dimension to social science research on Islamism and biopolitics.

Keywords:

postcolonialism; islam; islamic violence; postcolonial islam; biopolitics of islamic society; biopoliticization of Islam; critical ontology; political islam; historical ontology; heidegger; foucault; agamben; human geography; ontology, violence, and power; critical ontology of global violence; political violence; religious violence; sociology of religious violence; sociology of political violence; postcolonial theory; violence, power, and political islam; radical islam in pakistan; islamic violence in pakistan; critical ontology of postcolonialism; historical ontology of postcolonialism; political ontology; heideggerian analysis of political violence; post-marxist theory; metacolonialism; critical ontology of islamic violence; critical ontology of postcolonialism; foucauldian critique of islamic violence; focauldian critique of postcolonial islam; what is critical ontology

, Political Economics, Geography of Globalization, Political Economics, Geography of Globalization
Author(s)
Publisher
John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Publication year
2016
Language
en
Edition
1
Series
Antipode Book Series
Page amount
304 pages
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781118979402
Printed ISBN
9781118979372

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