RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 27727085 LA English T1 Genealogies of religion : discipline and reasons of power in Christianity and Islam A1 Asad, Talal., PB Johns Hopkins University Press PP Baltimore YR 1993 SN 0801846315 9780801846311 0801846323 9780801846328 AB "In Genealogies of Religion Asad explores how religion as a historical category emerged in the West and has come to be applied by scholars, journalists, and politicians 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 invoked 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." Asad examines aspects of this authorizing process in the so-called fundamentalism of Saudi Arabia, in the Rushdie affair in Great Britain, and in other phenomena."--BOOK JACKET.