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Conclusion - Towards A 'Post-Orientalist' History

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Despite concerted efforts to remove the bullet of Orientalism's assumptions and essentialisms from the study of Islam and Muslims, shards remain lodged in the body of scholarship. Theology includes concepts of immanent monism, transcendental monism, monotheism and absolute transcendentalism. Pro- and anti-colonial positions, as well as the option of composite and separatist attitudes towards South Asia's non-Muslims in the imagining of nations, further illustrate the 'New Islam's' capacity for hospitality. Of course, colonial initiatives and interests cannot be discounted in explaining the lack of antinomian and/or latitudinarian doctrines in the 'New Islam'. Dynamism and variety in the composition of Islamic doctrine also exposes the fact that the choices available to Muslims are not relegated to some form of the 'new' Sober Path, on the one hand, or some 'Western' model on the other.

Keywords: anti-colonial positions; New Islam's; South Asia's non-Muslims



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