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Representations of orientals in selected novels by Marmaduke Pickthall

Akhter, Bilkis and Mohd Ramli, Aimillia (2017) Representations of orientals in selected novels by Marmaduke Pickthall. IIUM Press, International Islamic University Malaysia, International Islamic University Malaysia. ISBN 978-967-418-766-8

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Abstract

Marmaduke Pickthall (1875-1936) is known mostly as a translator of the meaning of the Qur’an but his fictional outputs are rarely acknowledged and, consequently, are much less studied. This book aims to address this imbalance by analysing five of his selected novels in chronological order starting with Said the Fisherman (1903), followed by The House of Islam (1906), Veiled Women (1913), The House of War (1916) and, finally, The Early Hours (1921). Applying the theoretical framework that Edward Said (1935-2003) had established in his monumental book, Orientalism (1978), this study seeks to discover the various ways in which Pickthall negotiated his support for British colonialism with his desire to see the Ottoman Empire restored. This book argues that Pickthall’s sympathy towards the Muslims and his indepth knowledge of Islamic teachings are reflected throughout the selected texts. The significance of this study also lies in the fact that it endeavours to connect the thematic concerns of the selected novels to pertinent issues that are still relevant in today’s world such as veiling, polygamy and the position of non-Muslim minorities in Muslim-majority countries. It also shows that the selected novels invite readers to ponder on the causes for the calamities that had befallen Muslims during the early twentieth century that are unfortunately still prevalent in today’s world. Finally, this study suggests that Pickthall’s narratives indicate that the best ways for the Muslims to overcome their problems are through being united as well as developing tolerance and mutual respect for other peoples from different racial and religious backgrounds.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 2219/61878
Uncontrolled Keywords: Representations of orientals; Selected novels
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Aimillia Mohd Ramli
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2018 15:48
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/61878

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