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Formations of the secular : Christianity, Islam, modernity

Author: Talal Asad
Publisher: Stanford, California, United States : Stanford University Press, ©2003.
Series: Cultural memory in the present.
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Opening with the provocative query "what might an anthropology of the secular look like?" this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism, with emphasis on the major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes in the modern West and the Middle East. Talal Asad proceeds to dismantle commonly held assumptions about the secular and the terrain it allegedly  Read more...
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Asad, Talal.
Formations of the secular.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)642429952
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Talal Asad
ISBN: 0804747679 9780804747677 0804747687 9780804747684
OCLC Number: 50234973
Description: 269 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: What might an anthropology of secularism look like? ---
Thinking about agency and pain ---
Reflections on cruelty and torture ---
Redeeming the "human" through human rights ---
Muslims as a "religious minority" in Europe ---
Secularism, nation state, religion ---
Reconfigurations of law and ethics in colonial Egypt.
Series Title: Cultural memory in the present.
Responsibility: Talal Asad.
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Opening with the provocative query "what might an anthropology of the secular look like?" this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism. The focus is on major  Read more...

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