"Sexy Identity-Assertion": Choosing Between Sacred and Secular Identities in Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus

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"Sexy Identity-Assertion" : Choosing Between Sacred and Secular Identities in Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus. / Chambers, Claire Gail.

Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing. ed. / Rehana Ahmed ; Peter Morey; Amina Yaqin. Abingdon : Routledge, 2012. p. 117−31 7.

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Harvard

Chambers, CG 2012, "Sexy Identity-Assertion": Choosing Between Sacred and Secular Identities in Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus. in R Ahmed , P Morey & A Yaqin (eds), Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing., 7, Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 117−31.

APA

Chambers, C. G. (2012). "Sexy Identity-Assertion": Choosing Between Sacred and Secular Identities in Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus. In R. Ahmed , P. Morey, & A. Yaqin (Eds.), Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing (pp. 117−31). [7] Routledge.

Vancouver

Chambers CG. "Sexy Identity-Assertion": Choosing Between Sacred and Secular Identities in Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus. In Ahmed R, Morey P, Yaqin A, editors, Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing. Abingdon: Routledge. 2012. p. 117−31. 7

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Chambers, Claire Gail. / "Sexy Identity-Assertion" : Choosing Between Sacred and Secular Identities in Robin Yassin-Kassab’s The Road from Damascus. Culture, Diaspora, and Modernity in Muslim Writing. editor / Rehana Ahmed ; Peter Morey ; Amina Yaqin. Abingdon : Routledge, 2012. pp. 117−31

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