Postmodern Politics: Manipulating Images of Islam in Contemporary Europe
Contribution to Book
Arguably the most arresting and consequential teaching of postmodern thought is that truth is whatever passes for truth. From Friedrich Nietzsche's contention that "truths are illusions which we have forgotten are illusions" to Jean Baudrillard's interpretation of the "murder of reality," postmodern analysts have variously and richly explored the constructed, subjective nature of truth claims.1 Critics often charge that postmodernism is esoteric, amounting to often clever but ultimately reckless musings of a nihilistic cadre largely and thankfully confined to the ivory tower. By contrast, I maintain that postmodern teaching regarding the constructed nature of truth has penetrated widely and deeply into public consciousness, turning up as a largely taken-for-granted starting point for many actors in the politics of immigration in Europe.
Ruqayya Yasmine Khan
University of Texas Press
O'Brien, P. (2015). Postmodern politics: Manipulating images of Islam in contemporary Europe. In R. Y. Khan (Ed.), Muhammad in the digital age (pp. 83-107). Austin: University of Texas.
Muhammad in the Digital Age