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Elizabeth S. Anker and Bernadette Meyler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.001.0001

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Pluralism, Religion, and Democratic Culture

Pluralism, Religion, and Democratic Culture

Nadeem Aslam’s Maps for Lost Lovers

(p.279) Chapter 16 Pluralism, Religion, and Democratic Culture
New Directions in Law and Literature

Elliott Visconsi

Oxford University Press

This article locates Nadeem Aslam’s 2004 novel Maps for Lost Lovers within a European politico-legal argument about religious free expression under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, demonstrating the novel’s engagement with the norms and lived experience of democratic pluralism under pressure. Maps for Lost Lovers is an intervention into the public argument about pluralism and assimilation in the United Kingdom, a narrative that illuminates the prescriptive regimes and structuring epiphenomena of law in post-9/11 Britain. Maps is an agenda-setting narrativization of a legal regime, and specifically a richly textured and individuated account the failures of democratic pluralism and social relations within an incompletely secularized polity. Like Aslam’s other fiction, Maps for Lost Lovers seeks to cultivate those habits of thought that can lead to collective engagement and political change.

Keywords:   pluralism, secularism, fiction, Nadeem Aslam, Britain, Article 9, religious free expression, Europe, immigration, identity and belonging

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