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Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity (Cultural Memory in the Present)

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Opening with the provocative query “what might an anthropology of the secular look like?” this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism, with emphasis on the major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes in the modern West and the Middle East.

Talal Asad proceeds to dismantle commonly held assumptions about the secular and the terrain it allegedly covers. He argues that while anthropologists have oriented themselves to the study of the “strangeness of the non-European world” and to what are seen as non-rational dimensions of social life (things like myth, taboo, and religion),the modern and the secular have not been adequately examined.

The conclusion is that the secular cannot be viewed as a successor to religion, or be seen as on the side of the rational. It is a category with a multi-layered history, related to major premises of modernity, democracy, and the concept of human rights. This book will appeal to anthropologists, historians, religious studies scholars, as well as scholars working on modernity.

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Asad (anthropology, City U. of New York) offers a preliminary anthropological study of the connection between the secular as an epistemic category, and secularism as a political doctrine. The recent resurgence of religion, he says, has raised questions about the previously presumed universal validity of secularism. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Opening with the provocative query "what might an anthropology of the secular look like?" this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism. The focus is on major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes towards Islam in the modern West and the Middle East.

Synopsis:

“A dark but brilliantly original work, Formations of the Secular is one of the most important books on religion and the modern in recent years.”—H-Net Reviews

“Formations of the Secular is also a difficult if stunningly eloquent book, a response both elusive and forthright to the many shelves of ‘books on terrorism which this countrys trade publishers are rushing into print.”—Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature

About the Author

Talal Asad is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Genealogies of Religion.

Table of Contents

What might an anthropology of secularism look like? — Thinking about agency and pain — Reflections on cruelty and torture — Redeeming the "human" through human rights — Muslims as a "religious minority" in Europe — Secularism, nation state, religion — Reconfigurations of law and ethics in colonial Egypt.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804747684
Author:
Asad, Talal
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Author:
Talal Asad
Location:
Stanford, Calif.
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Christianity and politics
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Secularism
Subject:
Religion, Politics & State
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Cultural Memory in the Present
Series Volume:
[26]
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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Opening with the provocative query "what might an anthropology of the secular look like?" this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism. The focus is on major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes towards Islam in the modern West and the Middle East.
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“A dark but brilliantly original work, Formations of the Secular is one of the most important books on religion and the modern in recent years.”—H-Net Reviews

“Formations of the Secular is also a difficult if stunningly eloquent book, a response both elusive and forthright to the many shelves of ‘books on terrorism which this countrys trade publishers are rushing into print.”—Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature

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