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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 ...

Author: Talal Asad

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804747687

Category: Religion

Page: 269

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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 covers. He argues that while anthropologists have oriented themselves to the study of the “strangeness of the non-European world” and to what are seen as non-rational dimensions of social life (things like myth, taboo, and religion),the modern and the secular have not been adequately examined. The conclusion is that the secular cannot be viewed as a successor to religion, or be seen as on the side of the rational. It is a category with a multi-layered history, related to major premises of modernity, democracy, and the concept of human rights. This book will appeal to anthropologists, historians, religious studies scholars, as well as scholars working on modernity.
2003-02-03 By Talal Asad



ISBN: OCLC:756524455

Category: Christianity and politics

Page: 269

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In fact, secularism as a universal, value- free, culturally disembodied phenomenon is scrutinized and criticized by many ... 2 Talal Asad's work on the formations of the secular offers a radical twist on and criticism of the universal ...

Author: Michael Warner

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674072411

Category: Philosophy

Page: 337

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ÒWhat does it mean to say that we live in a secular age?Ó This apparently simple question opens into the massive, provocative, and complex A Secular Age, where Charles Taylor positions secularism as a defining feature of the modern world, not the mere absence of religion, and casts light on the experience of transcendence that scientistic explanations of the world tend to neglect. In Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age, a prominent and varied group of scholars chart the conversations in which A Secular Age intervenes and address wider questions of secularism and secularity. The distinguished contributors include Robert Bellah, JosŽ Casanova, NilŸfer Gšle, William E. Connolly, Wendy Brown, Simon During, Colin Jager, Jon Butler, Jonathan Sheehan, Akeel Bilgrami, John Milbank, and Saba Mahmood. Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age succeeds in conveying to readers the complexity of secularism while serving as an invaluable guide to a landmark book.
2013-03-04 By Michael Warner

Deeply delving into Paul's conception may help us conceive of faith formation in the age of authenticity, which has been walled by the immanent frame of Secular 3. that is a story, not neutral data, and Taylor has.

Author: Andrew Root

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493410316

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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The loss or disaffiliation of young adults is a much-discussed topic in churches today. Many faith-formation programs focus on keeping the young, believing the youthful spirit will save the church. But do these programs have more to do with an obsession with youthfulness than with helping young people encounter the living God? Questioning the search for new or improved faith-formation programs, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers an alternative take on the issue of youth drifting away from the church and articulates how faith can be formed in our secular age. He offers a theology of faith constructed from a rich cultural conversation, providing a deeper understanding of the phenomena of the "nones" and "moralistic therapeutic deism." Root helps readers understand why forming faith is so hard in our context and shows that what we have lost is not the ability to keep people connected to our churches but an imagination for how and where God could be present in their lives. He considers what faith is and what steps we can take to move into it, exploring a Pauline concept of faith as encounter with divine action.
2017-10-03 By Andrew Root

According to Panikkar, for example, the fact that Indian cultural traditions differ from Western secularism do not call ... Talal Asad, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, ...

Author: R. Scott Appleby

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199731640

Category: Political Science

Page: 712

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This volume provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary account of the scholarship on religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. Looking far beyond the traditional parameters of the field, the contributors engage deeply with the legacies of colonialism, missionary activism, secularism, orientalism, and liberalism as they relate to the discussion of religion, violence, and nonviolent transformation and resistance. Featuring numerous case studies from various contexts and traditions, the volume is organized thematically into five different parts. It begins with an up-to-date mapping of scholarship on religion and violence, and religion and peace. The second part explores the challenges related to developing secularist theories on peace and nationalism, broadening the discussion of violence to include an analysis of cultural and structural forms. In the third section, the chapters explore controversial topics such as religion and development, religious militancy, and the freedom of religion as a keystone of peacebuilding. The fourth part locates notions of peacebuilding in spiritual practice by focusing on constructive resources within various traditions, the transformative role of rituals, youth and interfaith activism in American university campuses, religion and solidarity activism, scriptural reasoning as a peacebuilding practice, and an extended reflection on the history and legacy of missionary peacebuilding. The volume concludes by looking to the future of peacebuilding scholarship and the possibilities for new growth and progress. Bringing together a diverse array of scholars, this innovative handbook grapples with the tension between theory and practice, cultural theory, and the legacy of the liberal peace paradigm, offering provocative, elastic, and context-specific insights for strategic peacebuilding processes.

Armstrong, Karen. Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2007. Asad, Muhammad. The Message of the Qur'an. London: The Book Foundation, 2003. Asad, Talal. Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity.

Author: Sunera Thobani

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350148116

Category: Philosophy

Page: 272

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The current political standoffs of the 'War on Terror' illustrate that the interaction within and between the so-called Western and Middle Eastern civilizations is constantly in flux. A recurring theme however is how Islam and Muslims signify the 'Enemy' in the Western socio-cultural imagination and have become the 'Other' against which the West identifies itself. In a unique and insightful blend of critical race, feminist and post-colonial theory, Sunera Thobani examines how Islam is foundational to the formation of Western identity at critical points in its history, including the Crusades, the Reconquista and the colonial period. More specifically, she explores how masculinity and femininity are formed at such pivotal junctures and what role feminism has played in the wars against 'radical' Islam. Exposing these symbiotic relationships, Thobani explores how the return of 'religion' is reworking the racial, gender and sexual politics by which Western society defines itself, and more specifically, defines itself against Islam. Contesting Islam, Constructing Race and Sexuality unpacks conventional as well as unconventional orthodoxies to open up new spaces in how we think about sexual and racial identity in the West and the crucial role that Islam has had and continues to have in its development.
2020-12-10 By Sunera Thobani

As he writes in Formations of the Secular (2003): What interests me particularly is the attempt to construct categories of the secular and the religious in terms of which modern living is required to take place, and nonmodern peoples ...

Author: Matt Sheedy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000450309

Category: Religion

Page: 124

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Owning the Secular examines three case studies dealing with religious symbols and cultural identity, including two public controversies over the veil in Canada – at the federal level and in the province of Québec – and an ex-Muslim podcaster rethinking her atheist identity in the era of Donald Trump and the alt-right. Drawing on theories of discourse analysis and ideology critique, this study calls attention to an evolution in how secularism, nationalism, and multiculturalism in Euro-Western states are debated and understood as competing groups contest and rearrange the meaning of these terms. This is especially true in the digital age as online cultures have transformed how information is spread, how we imagine our communities, build alliances, and produce shared meaning. From recent attempts to prohibit religious symbols in public, to Trump’s so-called Muslim bans, to growing disenchantment with the promises of digital media, this study turns the lens how nation-states, organizations, and individuals attempt to "own" the secular to manage cultural differences, shore up group identity, and stake a claim to some version of Western values amidst the growing uncertainties of neoliberal capitalism.
2021-07-11 By Matt Sheedy

Talal Asad, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003), 182. 5. There are certainly attempts in this direction, for example in the work of Asad and others that follow a ...

Author: Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804780704

Category: Religion

Page: 400

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Many today place great hope in law as a vehicle for the transformation of society and accept that law is autonomous, universal, and above all, secular. Yet recent scholarship has called into question the simplistic narrative of a separation between law and religion and blurred the boundaries between these two categories, enabling new accounts of their relation that do not necessarily either collapse them together or return law to a religious foundation. This work gives special attention to the secularism of law, exploring how law became secular, the phenomenology of the legal secular, and the challenges that lingering religious formations and other aspects of globalization pose for modern law's self-understanding. Bringing together scholars with a variety of perspectives and orientations, it provides a deeper understanding of the interconnections between law and religion and the unexpected histories and anthropologies of legal secularism in a globalizing modernity.

Talal Asad's Formations of the Secular remains one of the most influential books in the twenty-first century, which demonstrates the hegemony of the liberal Western discourse in 'the formations of the secular'. Talal Asad, Formations of ...

Author: Sushmita Nath

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781009180290

Category: Political Science

Page: 300

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It sheds light on Indian narratives of secularity - Gandhian sarva dharma samabhava, Nehruvian secularism and Gandhi-Nehru tradition.
2022-08-31 By Sushmita Nath

40 As Casanova goes on to explain, in medieval Europe “secular” referred to clergy who lived in the world among lay ... 44 Talal Asad, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, ...

Author: David Newheiser

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108498661

Category: History

Page: 300

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Uses premodern theology and postmodern theory to show the endurance of religious and political commitments through the practice of hope.
2019-12-31 By David Newheiser