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of Religion. DISCIPLINE AND REASONS. OF POWER IN CHRISTIANITY. AND ISLAM. Talal Asad. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Baltimore and London. Craig Martin: Last fall, realizing that marked the twentieth anniversary of Talal Asad’s Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of. Talal Asad: Genealogies of Religion, and Formations of the Secular . There is a polite bow of acknowledgment to Neitzsche’s Genealogy of Morals in the title to.

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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. His long-term research concerns the transformation of religious law the shari’ah in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Egypt with special reference to arguments about what constitutes secular and progressive reform.

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Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Anyone working asaf these fields and grappling with questions of religion can learn a genealohy deal from Asad, but where he breaks new ground is in his analysis of the secular, bringing to light the way it depends on and circumscribes the conceptual boundaries of religion. While illuminating the ways that seemingly universal and unitary concepts are often the fragments of a more complex, fragile, and changing tradition to which they once belonged, Asad consistently defends tradition-based moral reasoning, whereby apprehension of the good life is rooted in certain practices or ways of living that join one to a particular moral community.


Asad calls that influence into question, but one can only hope that his analyses of the secular and its symptomatic religion will exert a similarly strong but more widely acknowledged influence on studies to come. Title Page, Copyright Download Save.

For the toleration of religion that is emerging in academia, there are few better goads than these essays. Many readers have understood what I was trying to do and sympathized even if guardedly with my effort.

On this view concepts can be shown as powerful for what they combine and richly connected to ways of living and vulnerable to change. I wanted to get away from arguments that draw on or offer essential definitions: Is There a Secular Tradition?

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. They are passionately fought over and pronounced upon by the authoritative law of the state.

Asad’s criticisms are neither judgmental nor self-righteous but are generally driven by the will to understand. Fifty Key Thinkers on Religion. Join our email listserv and receive monthly updates on the latest titles.

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. Using a genealogical method developed by Friedrich Nietzsche and made prominent by Michel Foucault asar, Asad “complicates terms of comparison that many anthropologists, theologians, philosophers, and political scientists receive as the unexamined background of thinking, judgment, and action as such. Victorideological formationsIslamMarxist ideologypolitical studiesReligious languagereligious studiessacralityscience and technologysecularismsociologySpiritualityTalal AsadWittgenstein.


Genealogies of Religion, Twenty Years On: An Interview with Talal Asad

Only one essay in each book discuses Muslim practices in any detail, and it gnealogy significantly located at or near the end. Trying to construct genealogies of concepts is one way of getting at such questions. Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order.

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It was precisely because I was dissatisfied with the classical Marxist notion of ideology that I turned my attention to religion. And it leads to the view that “politicized religions” threaten both reason and liberty. Saba Mahmood [7] Tomoko Masuzawa [8]. Democracy in Modern Iran: In Scott, David; Hirschkind, Charles. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. And yet I nowhere say that these definitions are abstract propositions. Back Cover Download Save. In Geneologies of ReligionTalal Asad explores how religion as a historical category emerged in the West and has come to be applied as a universal talall.

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