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Navid Kermani


Edited By Helga Druxes, Karolin Machtans and Alexandar Mihailovic

Navid Kermani – author, journalist and academic – is one of the most prominent public intellectuals in Germany today. Kermani has been at the forefront of recent debates about Islam and its role in Germany’s political, social and cultural life. Instead of emphasizing the differences between ethnic affiliations and religious beliefs, Kermani questions the Western notion of a clear dividing line between Islam, Christianity and Judaism, highlighting instead their affinities. In addition to his political essays, Kermani’s travel journalism introduces western audiences to diverse Muslim societies in the world and his fiction provides accessible meditations on first love, contemporary music, death and friendship. This is the first volume of criticism in English dedicated to Kermani’s varied work. The book features an extensive interview with the author, a reproduction in German and English of Kermani’s famous 2014 Bundestag speech and a collection of critical essays on Kermani’s writing. The essays, by major scholars in the field, cover issues such as gender, religion, cosmopolitanism, mystical experiences, and the power of the liberal arts in a time of neoliberal distraction.
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DAVID N. COURY is Associate Professor of Humanistic Studies (German) and Global Studies and also Co-director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships at University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. He has published widely on contemporary German cinema as well as the contemporary novel. His books include The Works of Peter Handke: International Perspective (Ariadne Press, 2007) and The Return of Storytelling in Contemporary German Literature and Film: Peter Handke and Wim Wenders (Edwin Mellen, 2004). His articles focus on, among others, Sarah Khan, Navid Kermani and Zafer Senoçak, and Orhan Pamuk.

HELGA DRUXES is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Williams College. Her research focuses on contemporary German literature by women, memory discourses, and far-right movements. Her books include Resisting Bodies: The Negotiation of Female Agency in Twentieth-Century Women Writers (Wayne State University Press, 1996); The Feminization of Dr Faustus: Female Identity Quests from Stendhal to Morgner (Penn State Press, 1993) and a co-edited volume (with Patricia Anne Simpson), Digital Media Strategies of the Far Right Across Europe and North America (Lexington Books, 2015). Recent articles focus on migration film, and critiques of neoliberalism. She is also the co-editor (with Patricia Anne Simpson) of a special issue of German Politics and Society (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming 2016) on the German far-right populist group Pegida.

JENS HOBUS taught at the Institute for Literature of the Technical University Berlin from 2009 to 2011 and now works as an independent scholar and teacher....

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