Genealogies of Religion
Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam
By (author) Talal Asad
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Genealogies of Religion by Talal Asad
Book DescriptionIn "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".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801846328
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1993
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Talal Asad
Talal Asad is a professor of anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University.
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