Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam / Edition 1

Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam / Edition 1

by Talal Asad
     
 

In Geneologies of Religion, Talal Asad explores how religion as a historical category emerged in the West and has come to be applied as a universal concept.

The idea that religion has undergone a radical change since the Christian Reformation—from totalitarian and socially repressive to private and relatively benign—is a familiar part of the

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In Geneologies of Religion, Talal Asad explores how religion as a historical category emerged in the West and has come to be applied as a universal concept.

The idea that religion has undergone a radical change since the Christian Reformation—from totalitarian and socially repressive to private and relatively benign—is a familiar part of the story of secularization. It is often invokved to explain and justify the liberal politics and world view of modernity. And it leads to the view that "politicized religions" threaten both reason and liberty. Asad's essays explore and question all these assumptions. He argues that "religion" is a construction of European modernity, a construction that authorizes—for Westerners and non-Westerners alike—particular forms of "history making."

Johns Hopkins University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801846328
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/19/1993
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Genealogies
1The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category27
2Toward a Genealogy of the Concept of Ritual55
Archaisms
3Pain and Truth in Medieval Christian Ritual83
4On Discipline and Humility in Medieval Christian Monasticism125
Translations
5The Concept of Cultural Translation in British Social Anthropology171
6The Limits of Religious Criticism in the Middle East: Notes on Islamic Public Argument200
Polemics
7Multiculturalism and British Identity in the Wake of the Rushdie Affair239
8Ethnography, Literature, and Politics: Some Readings and Uses of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses269
References307
Acknowledgments325
Index327

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