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Religions 2018, 9(11), 351;

The Question of Nationalism and Belonging

School of Continuing & Professional Studies, Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY 10471, USA
AddRan College of Liberal Arts, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX 76129, USA
Liberal Arts & Humanities Program, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC 27506, USA
Global Studies, University of Denver—University College, Denver, CO 80208, USA
School of Arts and Sciences, Gwynedd Mercy University, Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437, USA
Department of Liberal Studies, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411, USA
Received: 12 September 2018 / Revised: 29 October 2018 / Accepted: 2 November 2018 / Published: 8 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remembering Jewish-Muslim Encounters: Challenges and Cooperation)
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This paper situates an analysis on the commonalities and ordinariness of Jewish and Muslim experiences vis-à-vis a critique on nationalism and belonging in the literature of Edeet Ravel and Mohsin Hamid, in addition to other writers. These literary writers are highlighted by an exploration of Eran Riklis’ film A Borrowed Identity amidst the critical perspectives of Ari Shavit, Leila Ahmed, Edward W. Said, and Justin Trudeau. The focus on Israel/Palestine is complemented by addressing sustained issues of nationalism and belonging in America that reverberate on global degrees of awareness as to how religious degrees of belonging can be reconsidered in light of understanding instantiations of cultural mise-en-scène from nuanced degrees of awareness. In turn, a multifaceted unsettling of identity, religion, and culture is posited that vividly collapses distinctions between East/West in revealing highly different ways of contemplating perceptions of Jews and Muslims in the world today. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islam; Judaism; culture; identity; religion; secular; globalization; difference; nationalism; colonialism Islam; Judaism; culture; identity; religion; secular; globalization; difference; nationalism; colonialism
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