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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 403–442.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Talal Asad Abstract This essay is an attempt at thinking through Wittgenstein's philosophy in order to clarify some aspects of what people call “religion.” Central to it is an exploration of the polarity between belief and practice and an attempt to reframe that polarity in terms of the mutually...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 401–402.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Charles Hirschkind Abstract In the lead essay to this special section, Talal Asad explores some of the avenues opened up by Wittgenstein's work for students of religion. Highlighting some of the philosopher's key insights on the life of language, Asad argues that, instead of taking the opposition...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
... to it: “Nosce Te Ipsum,” wrote Linnaeus, presumably to signify that a few steps might remain before claiming for ourselves, with regard to wisdom, knowledge, or indeed learning, “mission accomplished.” As Talal Asad puts it with impeccably restrained style, there have been, in the past, circumstances...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Charles Hirschkind © 2020 Charles Hirschkind 2020 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). “Signs have dissolved into her hands,” writes Talal Asad in describing the way the skilled pianist has learned to play fluidly...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 450–455.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Humeira Iqtidar © 2020 Humeira Iqtidar 2020 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Asad straddles two traditions: one deeply parochial and somewhat stagnant, and the other much more cosmopolitan and a source...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 464–470.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., there is the recovery from a master's inflicted pain. But ultimately, questioning this question entails clarifying attendant confusions about a pain's owner and by extension its very existence. In his essay, Talal Asad seeks such discernment, such healing from pain and confusion, as he “thinks” about religion. He...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (2): 270–284.
Published: 01 August 2019
..., and how it circumscribes critique. This reading is offered through a series of snapshots of various veins and elements in Benjamin's essay, while also connecting this interpretation to the work of a number of contemporary scholars of colonialism, namely Talal Asad, David Scott, and Samera Esmeir, who all...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 13–22.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Mayanthi Fernando © 2019 Mayanthi Fernando 2019 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Saba Mahmood begins the acknowledgments in Politics of Piety by thanking her mentors and teachers. Talal Asad's thinking, she...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 456–463.
Published: 01 December 2020
..., as elsewhere, Talal echoes the translation by his father Muhammad Asad, The Message of the Qurʾan . 6 While note 13 opens up a Qurʾanic register of language particular to Muslim practices, one must expand the citation: there are not two but three registers of the self. The one omitted is an-nafs al...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 December 2021
... fantasies of others is captured in Talal Asad's reflections on the responsibility for humans in a secular regime of human rights: “Of course everybody generally has an opinion about the customs and beliefs of other people (‘other cultures’), regarding them as good, bad, or indifferent. But in my view...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (2): 224–248.
Published: 01 August 2020
... wedded to “the themes of ‘failure,’ ‘lack,’ and ‘inadequacy’” through which the non-West is so often described. 46 As Talal Asad and Roger Owen put it, this body of knowledge production describes non-European “political life by looking for absent kinds of concepts—‘liberty,’ ‘progress,’ ‘humanism...
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