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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 (2022) 5 (2): 275–309.
Published: 01 August 2022
... arising from the love of the minor, the essay suggests, cannot be thought save by way of “religion.” The essay explores how Ambedkar and Gandhi give a distinctive inflection to the conventional association of religion with the sacred and sacrifice. From their thinking of religion, it suggests, a range...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (2): 187–232.
Published: 01 August 2021
... to come” for an understanding of his approach to art, history, philosophy, and religion. This philosophy of crystallization, of which there has been little or no mention in Fanonian studies, is also contrasted with and compared to works by the Guinean poet Keita Fodéba and the Iranian critic Ali Shariʿati...
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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 (2023) 6 (3): 436–463.
Published: 01 December 2023
... of Godse and his political mentor, V. D. Savarkar, with those of Gandhi, the essay focuses on the overdetermined invisibility or illegibility of Gandhi's conceptions of truth, religion, and political community in the discourse of the Hindu right. A bleak realization regarding the contemporary extent...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (3): 493–516.
Published: 01 December 2023
.../impermanence), which plays a central role in his search for a nontheological democratic politics. In order to explore the implications of such a politics, the article brings Ambedkar into conversation with Claude Lefort and his theorization of the relationships between politics, religion, and democracy...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 April 2019
... and developed an idea of ethics as an embodied and relational practice. In Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report , an ethnography of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, Mahmood deepened her exploration of how secular strategies delimit modern religions, including their differences, conflicts...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 464–470.
Published: 01 December 2020
... mistakes” he made in the Tractatus notwithstanding, he prefaces it with a statement that I believe guides us into his subsequent rectifying work, which Asad follows when it comes to “thinking” about religion: “It shows how little has been done when these problems have been solved.” 8 Solving a problem...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 5–9.
Published: 01 April 2019
... cartoons for their caricature of Muḥammad, did it follow that she supported censorship and restrictions on free speech? In the case of the secular state, she sought to point out that political states that define themselves as secular often actively engage in distinguishing public from private religions...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 456–463.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Bruce B. Lawrence © 2020 Bruce B. Lawrence 2020 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). I am reading, absorbing, and reflecting on Talal's essay, “Thinking about Religion through Wittgenstein,” in the midst...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 324–344.
Published: 01 August 2023
... of black religion, these fields echo some of the problematics that early black liberationists and womanists identified—but with an important difference. The nontheological methods for the legitimation of knowledge in the study of Africana religions have allowed scholars to question black theology's...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (2): 337–369.
Published: 01 August 2022
... There, al-Afghānī attacked philosophical positions that explain the world without reference to a transcendent God. He argued that Islam is the religion of reason and transcendence. The second set of documents were written seven years later. The famous anti-Semitic philologist Ernest Renan delivered...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 450–455.
Published: 01 December 2020
... need acknowledgment and engagement by academic political theory remains an open question, one that I have explored elsewhere. 3 In this piece, Talal Asad engages in his usual insightful and generous manner with Wittgenstein, but the intuition about religion that he elaborates comes from...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 10–12.
Published: 01 April 2019
... the case she wanted to make about the imbrication of secularism in the regulation and practice of religion, she needed to put the ethnographic material she had gathered in a larger framework. It was particularly important to be able to do this because Egypt—where she had done her fieldwork—had begun...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of language, for Asad, was always bending toward silence. This figure of the “dissolution of language” appears with consistency (if in various guises) across Asad's writings, though perhaps nowhere more so than in his present essay on Wittgenstein and religion. Asad's reading of the philosopher reveals...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 519–527.
Published: 01 December 2020
... . Aloysius G. Iyothee Thassar and Tamil Buddhist Movement: Religion as Emancipatory Movement . New Delhi : Critical Quest , 2015 . Ambedkar B. R. “ Away from the Hindus .” In Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar: Writing and Speeches , 5 : 403 – 21 . New Delhi : Dr. Ambedkar Foundation , 2014...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 530–542.
Published: 01 December 2021
... for the Island of Sicily.” 13 Indeed, India is for Marx nothing but this strange combination of Italy and of Ireland, of a world of voluptuousness and of a world of woes, [as] anticipated in the ancient traditions of the religion of Hindostan. That religion is at once a religion of sensualist exuberance...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Gil Anidjar © 2020 Gil Anidjar 2020 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Man könnte auch sagen: einer denkt, wenn er in bestimmter Weise lernt. —Wittgenstein When speaking of “religions,” one is likely...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (3): 413–435.
Published: 01 December 2023
.... The refuge of an invented religion offers us paradise and love, all that we do not find in everyday life. HJDL: The Catholic church is the primary tool of slavery, colonialism, and hypercapitalism and its most prominent beneficiary. Today in the West, Catholicism is an imperial system; in the rest...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 December 2021
... reappearing as objects that could only be explained as motivated by religion or morality or violent political extremism. The fatwas as part of broader and longer Islamic and Indian Ocean discursive traditions indexed a form of life that had always posed a challenge to projects of worldmaking—even of the ulama...