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date: 18 November 2019

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Postcolonial studies has been dominated by the example of the European colonial empires. In the wake of the ‘war on terror’, a revisionist narrative has developed which reads Islamicate imperialism as being analogous to European colonialism. The effect of this is both to legitimate western imperialism in the past and to make a case for its necessity in the present as a bulwark against Islamism. This chapter explores the challenges of reading the articulation between Islam and empire through the prism of the European colonial enterprise.

Keywords: Islamicate, imperialism, racism, coloniality, Muslims

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