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Islamic Perspectives on Twentieth-Century English Literature

by Md. Mahmudul Hasan

Publisher - International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)

Category - Islam

Among the humanities and social sciences, English literature is perhaps the most contentious subject as it carries subtle ideological and cultural impacts and significances. In its introduction as a subject of study in British India and elsewhere, the most prominent consideration was its inherent worth as a carrier of Western values and norms. Under the surface of its seemingly value-neutral tag, English literature promotes ideas, beliefs and philosophies which can potentially influence its learners and practitioners.Therefore, it is important to evaluate critically English literary texts taught especially in Muslim settings and to bring in Islamic perspectives in pedagogical practices. Accordingly, this book will discuss selected twentieth-century English writers and their works and suggest ways of looking at them from the Islamic viewpoint.

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