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Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace

Irfan Ahmad

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635095
eISBN:
9781469635101
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635095.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Irfan Ahmad makes the far-reaching argument that potent systems and modes for self-critique as well as critique of others are inherent in Islam—indeed, critique is integral to its fundamental tenets ... More


Beyond Antagonizing Settlers: On Demonized Muslims and Vilified Jews

Joyce Dalsheim

in Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion, and the Israeli Settlement Project

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199751204
eISBN:
9780199895014
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751204.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The case of antagonizing settlers in Israel resonates with the appearance of broader divisions between liberalism and religiosity, in particular with representations of a stark division between Islam ... More


Letter from ῾Abd Allāh b. As῾ad

Petra M. Sijpesteijn

in Shaping a Muslim State: The World of a Mid-Eighth-Century Egyptian Official

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780199673902
eISBN:
9780191758133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673902.003.0041
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter presents a letter from ʽAbd Allāh b. ʽAsad to someone's whose patronymic, Khālid, only is preserved. ʽAbd Allāh informs him that Abūla, a scribe has come to him requesting that ʽAbd ... More


On the Definition of Religion

William E. Arnal and Russell T. McCutcheon

in The Sacred Is the Profane: The Political Nature of "Religion"

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199757114
eISBN:
9780199979530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757114.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes classical approaches to defining religion and attempts to classify them. Definitions are distinguished on the basis of their defining religious data in terms of some basic and ... More


Minority Rights in Syria

Joshua Castellino and Kathleen A. Cavanaugh

in Minority Rights in the Middle East

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199679492
eISBN:
9780191758539
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199679492.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration, Public International Law

This chapter seeks to examine and analyse the history and legislative provisions to protect ‘minorities’ in Syria. It offers an explanation of how these can be identified in a state that has been ... More


Violence as Recognition, Recognition as Violence

Rebecca Gould

in Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300200645
eISBN:
9780300220759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300200645.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Russian Politics

This chapter examines transgressive sanctity's most recent iteration in wartime Chechnya. It focuses on local memories of Chechnya's first female suicide bombing in 2001. As it excavates the spaces ... More


Syria’s Alawis and the Ba’ath Party

Raymond Hinnebusch

in The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190458119
eISBN:
9780190618520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190458119.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter frames the role of the Alawis within the context of the identity challenges of state formation in Syria. It examines the formation of Alawi political identity, their involvement in and ... More


Introduction: For ‘God, Syria, Bashar and Nothing Else’?

Michael Kerr

in The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190458119
eISBN:
9780190618520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190458119.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter examines the principal themes addressed in detail and in depth by the contributors to this volume, highlighting the formative points in the Alawi community's contemporary experience in ... More


Introduction

Irfan Ahmad

in Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469635095
eISBN:
9781469635101
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635095.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

It begins with a New York Times (2006) story about critique, reason, and religion. Situating the assumptions of that story in the relevant body of works –mainly but not limited to anthropology – the ... More


Becoming Catholic: Education, Evangelization, and Conversion

Matthew J. Cressler

in Authentically Black and Truly Catholic: The Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781479841325
eISBN:
9781479815425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479841325.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that in order to fully understand why African Americans converted to Catholicism, it is important to avoid functionalist answers that attempt to reduce conversion to a choice on ... More


Secular Bewilderment

in Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804776462
eISBN:
9780804782609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804776462.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, Middle Eastern Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the results of an ethnographic fieldwork which investigated the ways the literary (specifically poetry) has evolved as a playing field of the secular. It shows how secularism ... More


Introduction

Joel Blecher

in Said the Prophet of God: Hadith Commentary across a Millennium

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295933
eISBN:
9780520968677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295933.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter invites the reader in with an anecdote from a contemporary hadith commentary session with Na’im al-Irqsusi in Damascus, prior to the revolution that became a civil war. It then offers an ... More


On the Origins of Corporate Culture

Kathryn Lofton

in Consuming Religion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226481937
eISBN:
9780226482125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226482125.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter offers a history of the concept of “corporate culture.” It begins and concludes with the 2008 financial crisis because respondents to the crisis suggested it was the result of a culture ... More


Introduction

Moshe Sluhovsky

in Becoming a New Self: Practices of Belief in Early Modern Catholicism

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226472850
eISBN:
9780226473048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226473048.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The book deals with two major debates in anthropology, religious studies,and history. One is the relationship between religious practices and religious beliefs and whether belief is a useful term in ... More


The Poiein of Secular Criticism

Stathis Gourgouris

in Lessons in Secular Criticism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823253784
eISBN:
9780823261215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253784.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Traces the origins of the notion of “secular criticism’” from Edward Said’s invention to the developments of comparative literature as a field of critical knowledge. Links the capacity for critique ... More


Modern Visions of Secularism

Ali Mirsepassi

in Democracy in Modern Iran: Islam, Culture, and Political Change

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814795644
eISBN:
9780814764398
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814795644.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

This chapter analyzes the theory of secularism and the secular by Talal Asad, arguing that Asad's analysis provides a great range of new insights into the problems and limits of the secular as a ... More


Colonial Secularism and Islamism in North India: A Relationship of Creativity?

in Secularizing Islamists?: Jama'at-e-Islami and Jama'at-ud-Da'wa in Urban Pakistan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226384689
eISBN:
9780226384702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226384702.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter, which explores the origins of Islamism within the North Indian context, rests on Talal Asad's insight about the dialectical relationship between “secularism” and “religion.” It proposes ... More


On the End of the Akbari Dispensation

Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam

in Writing the Mughal World: Studies on Culture and Politics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231158114
eISBN:
9780231527903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231158114.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter draws on Jesuit material and the autobiographical narrative of a Mughal notable, Asad Beg Qazwini, in order to consider how matters of succession were managed at the time of the demise ... More


The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

Michael Kerr and Craig Larkin (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190458119
eISBN:
9780190618520
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190458119.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

Throughout the turbulent history of the Levant the Alawis — a secretive, resilient and ancient Muslim sect — have aroused suspicion and animosity, including accusations of religious heresy. More ... More


The Genesis of Syria’s Alawi Community

Aslam Farouk-Alli

in The Alawis of Syria: War, Faith and Politics in the Levant

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780190458119
eISBN:
9780190618520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190458119.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Middle Eastern Politics

This chapter presents a complex multifaceted reading of the history of the Alawi community in Syria. It provides an opportunity to interrogate the way in which the religious and the political ... More


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