Sufism and Insurgency: Religiosity and Cosmopolitanism in Schwarze Jungfrauen by Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel

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dc.contributor.authorTwist, Joseph- the Authoren_US
dc.identifier.citationForum for Modern Language Studiesen_US
dc.description.abstractAfter the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Islam is increasingly being viewed as the Other of an enlightened and tolerant Germany. Turkish-German author Feridun Zaimoglu and his co-writer Günter Senkel destabilize these Western assumptions in the play Schwarze Jungfrauen (2006), in which performed monologues from the perspective of Muslim women evoke both fundamentalist and mystical (Sufi) manifestations of Islam. The play challenges contemporary cosmopolitan theory's engagement with religion, implying that its insistence upon the rational individual's exercise of free will is actually conducive to fundamentalism. Instead, Schwarze Jungfrauen suggests, corresponding with Jean-Luc Nancy's philosophy, that any hope of stemming religious fundamentalism rests not in the perpetuation of immanent identities and universalizing ideologies, but rather in notions of religiosity and community beyond representation. Thus, rather than acting as a barrier to cosmopolitan solidarities, Islam, in the form of Sufism, in fact provides inspiration for a non-identitarian religiosity that would avoid religion-based conflict.en_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.rightsThis is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Forum for Modern Language Studies following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Joseph Twist; Sufism and Insurgency: Religiosity and Cosmopolitanism in Schwarze Jungfrauen by Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkel, Forum for Modern Language Studies, Volume 51, Issue 1, 1 January 2015, Pages 53–67, is available online at:
dc.subjectFeridun Zaimogluen_US
dc.subjectGunter Senkelen_US
dc.subjectSchwarze Jungfrauenen_US
dc.subjectJean-Luc Nancyen_US
dc.subjectIslam in Germanyen_US
dc.subjectGerman literatureen_US
dc.titleSufism and Insurgency: Religiosity and Cosmopolitanism in Schwarze Jungfrauen by Feridun Zaimoglu and Günter Senkelen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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