GENEALOGIES OF RELIGION: DISCIPLINE AND REASONS OF POWER IN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM by Talal Asad

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In 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."

Book Specifications
Release date: 0000-00-00
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 1993-08-18
Label: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages: 344
Edition: 1st
ASIN: 0801846323
ISBN: 0801846323
Height: 900
Length: 600
Weight: 105
Width: 87
Product Group: Book