History through Anecdotes: A New Historical Outlook on Tariq Ali’s Islam Quintet
New historicism challenges a reinterpretation of history as well as literary texts, and thereby, tries to violate the canonical texts by disconnecting them from the influence of the past. The new historicists have confronted and resisted the suppositions and objectives of conventional historicism. Traditionally, the champions have chronicled history. The defeated or those who not have political or social authority, have their anecdotes to express as well. Although they may not have published those stories in authorized documents or textbooks, they have distributed them as separate discourses or modes of observing and articulating about the world. The new historicists desire to hear all the stories and notice all the voices. In an endeavor to document the voices of the marginalized, Tariq Ali has penned Islam Quintet, which traces the prejudiced remark against Arabs and through his novels in Islam Quintet Ali deconstructs the western notions about Islam. The present paper exposes the counter narratives in Ali’s Islam Quintet by using anecdotal analysis, one of the new historical techniques, in order to figure out the hidden voices of the marginalized.