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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 401–402.
Published: 01 December 2020
... between belief and practice as a starting point, scholars should attend to the variety of ways language comes to be used in contexts of embodied learning, contexts wherein the abilities and aptitudes germane to religious life are developed and honed. Turning his focus to what Wittgenstein called...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 10–12.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Joan Wallach Scott © 2019 Joan Wallach Scott 2019 This is an open access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). When Saba was writing Religious Difference in a Secular Age , she often contacted me to talk about history. She knew that to make...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 13–22.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Benjamin, “translation is always a betrayal. . . . Good translation succeeds at allowing foreign concepts to deform and subvert the conceptual apparatus of the translator.” 17 Saba explicitly takes up the matter of translation in Religious Difference in a Secular Age : anthropology, she writes...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 5–9.
Published: 01 April 2019
... in advance, ruling out other epistemic possibilities. Those who misunderstood her projects expected, for instance, that if she conducted a critique of the secular state, she was therefore in favor of a religious state. That conclusion was wrong, but tellingly so. Similarly, if she criticized the Danish...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 324–344.
Published: 01 August 2023
... emerged from black religious history, black philosophical and theological pragmatism, and the transdisciplinary aims of Africana religious studies. 17 Drawing on phenomenology, ethnography, philosophy, Africana cosmologies, and a host of other humanistic and social scientific approaches to the study...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 464–470.
Published: 01 December 2020
...). If—and to the extent that—this claim holds true, we are poised to formulate the following question: What conditions have been enabling us to take for granted the notions that faith starts where reason and doubt end, that aesthetics is one thing and the religious another, that worship belongs to one world...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 403–442.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of life. Religious conviction seems to me paradigmatic in our secular understanding of persuasion in general, of our openness or resistance to being moved away from absurdity and toward the truth by the use of reason. Following my brief venture into the question of persuasion in what follows, I try...
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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 (2023) 6 (3): 436–463.
Published: 01 December 2023
... disavowed factor was important: the image of Savarkar, who popularized the term Hindutva (Hinduness) to advance the idea of Hinduism as a political rather than religious category. While Savarkar's complicity in Gandhi's murder may be juridically unproven, it nevertheless seems clear that Godse's act...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 December 2021
... scholarly volumes, and it is now more often than not an object of sarcasm or indifference. Yet in everyday life, the question remains moot in a myriad of global contexts, from religious movements and secularist anxieties to the antivaxxers and the technocratic faithful. The clash, or the play...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (3): 493–516.
Published: 01 December 2023
... negatively defined) Dalit identity. On the other, it is a universal religion for a truly democratic society of equals. At the core of Ambedkar's “religion without religion” 13 or “post-religious religion” 14 stands a new notion of democratic sovereignty that is closely tied to an idea of radical...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 345–358.
Published: 01 August 2023
... in Thailand's far south in the late 1930s, he was watched and his remarks reported. In addition to being considered a threat to the state, Haji Sulong's modernist teachings of Islam were anathema to the conservative ulama s and uztaz s (religious authorities) and the Malay Muslim elites. In short, he...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (2): 337–369.
Published: 01 August 2022
..., or a Europhile who puts on a show of chastising Europeans and quoting the Qurʾān but exposes his obsession with European progress and himself as a parrot of colonial discourse. Finally, Sayyid Quṭb exemplifies the religious fanatic , or the radical Muslim who justifies religious violence and absolutist...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 25–28.
Published: 01 April 2019
.... With Religious Difference in a Secular Age , the reverse happened. I was skeptical of the book before reading it, because I had over the years often thought and argued that Mahmood's critical analysis of secularism, as valuable and important as it was, was also rather too detached from the various ways in which...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Charles Hirschkind The third moment: In the context of elaborating certain aspects of Ibn Taymiyya's concept of faith, Asad cites a passage from Wittgenstein's notes on the topic of religious belief. The philosopher writes, “Life can educate one to a belief in God. And experiences too are what...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (2): 275–309.
Published: 01 August 2022
... , edited by Wijesinha Rajiva , 77 . Belihuloya : Sabaragamuwa University Press , 2000 . Durkheim Émile . Elementary Forms of Religious Life . Translated by Fields Karen E. . New York : Free Press , 1995 . Elam Daniel . World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth...
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Critical Times (2018) 1 (1): 60–79.
Published: 01 April 2018
..., depoliticized form of plutocracy. It has taken shape in American jurisprudence as individual civil rights (for example to unrestricted speech or religious conscience) are extended to corporations and as justice is privatized in the form of replacing public, appealable court procedures with confidential, rigged...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 565–576.
Published: 01 December 2021
..., in which it fulfills its natural, cultural, religious and historical right to self-determination.” Importantly, such a “right to exercise national self-determination . . . is unique to the Jewish people” (article 1-C). Not only is “Jerusalem, complete and united,” proclaimed the “capital of Israel...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 534–550.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in the history of university politics, students from historically marginalized groups (constitutionally defined Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and OBCs) have taken the lead in raising critical questions on India's caste culture, traditions, and religious practices and provided critiques of both leftist...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
... a specific thing that one has learned to do” (404). Learning is embodiment, and embodiment is learning—this was Marcel Mauss's lesson, of course, and before him, that of many a “religious” tradition—but this is not sufficient, for, as Asad further says, “at the center of the human soul is the ability...