Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and His Interlocutors

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“While centrally about secularization, this volume is much more than that. Asad’s work and the essays engaging him here offer nothing short of an anthropology of the modern. Many issues are broached, leaving the reader with a dazzling array of issues to explore. This is interdisciplinary engagement at its best. An invaluable text for scholars and students working across the social sciences.”—Victoria Hattam, New School for Social Research
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Overview


“While centrally about secularization, this volume is much more than that. Asad’s work and the essays engaging him here offer nothing short of an anthropology of the modern. Many issues are broached, leaving the reader with a dazzling array of issues to explore. This is interdisciplinary engagement at its best. An invaluable text for scholars and students working across the social sciences.”—Victoria Hattam, New School for Social Research
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"The nine essays in this powerful book offer students and mentors alike a window into a theoretical and practical arena that is all too regularly ignored today by pundits and exploitative "studies" on Islam and religion in general."—American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences

"While centrally about secularization, this volume is much more than that. Asad's work and the essays engaging him here offer nothing short of an anthropology of the modern. Many issues are broached, leaving the reader with a dazzling array of issues to explore. This is interdisciplinary engagement at its best. An invaluable text for scholars and students working across the social sciences."—Victoria Hattam, New School for Social Research

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804752664
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2006
  • Series: Cultural Memory in the Present Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,156,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


David Scott is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. He is the author most recently of Conscripts of Modernity: The Tragedy of Colonial Enlightenment (2004). Charles Hirschkind is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the anthropological skepticism of Talal Asad 1
2 Secularization revisited : a reply to Talal Asad 12
3 What is an "authorizing discourse"? 31
4 Fasting for Bin Laden : the politics of secularization in contemporary India 57
5 Europe : a minor tradition 75
6 Secularism and the argument from nature 93
7 On general and divine economy : Talal Asad's genealogy of the secular and Emmanuel Levinas's critique of capitalism, colonialism, and money 113
8 The tragic sensibility of Talal Asad 134
9 Redemption, secularization, and politics 154
10 Subjects and agents in the history of imperialism and resistance 180
11 Responses 206
App The trouble of thinking : an interview with Talal Asad 243
Talal Asad : a bibliography 333
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