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- 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 n-Westerners alike-particular forms of history making .
- Author BiographyTalal Asad is a professor of anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University.
- Author(s)Talal Asad
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication01/08/1993
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Notecolour illustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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