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Critical Times (2022) 5 (1): 20–49.
Published: 01 April 2022
... this critical background, the article returns to the present, in order to reframe Scholem's distinction and to suggest that, far from negating messianic deferral, Zionism and Israeli colonial rule capture and redeploy its logic as a secular modality of power. The article concludes by inscribing this secular...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 324–344.
Published: 01 August 2023
... and existence. Through an immanent reading of political theology's appearance in ostensibly secular black feminist thought, the article shows how these wayward metabolizations of black theology's internal and external contradictions—specifically, those that illuminate a fundamental crisis of meaning at its...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 534–550.
Published: 01 December 2020
... and anti-caste activism in particular offer a complex interplay of caste, gender, culture, and politics in the university space, traditionally defined as neutral. Envisioning a democratic, socially just, and genuinely secular nation, historically marginalized students challenge and critique hegemonic...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 403–442.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in the Islamic tradition over the proper understanding of apparently contradictory representations of God in the Qurʾan. Finally, it takes up the question of what Wittgenstein called “the craving for generality,” and thus the part abstraction plays in the progressive thrust of our secular, capitalist form...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 401–402.
Published: 01 December 2020
... the “grammar” of such key concepts as conviction, persuasion, and critique, Asad points to some of the ways that our secular understandings of these notions are inadequate for grasping their place within religious lives. In the latter part of the essay, Asad brings a Wittgensteinian perspective to bear...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 13–22.
Published: 01 April 2019
... by anthropological and social theory that take the ground of the secular as a given. As her teachers taught her, she taught us “to stay with a problem, to dwell on its multiple complexities, to push against one's own inadequacies of comprehension, and, moreover, to savor the slow process of discovery.” 11...
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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 (2019) 2 (1): 25–28.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Islam, subjectivity, gender, will, freedom, secularisms, and states. Because I did not know her as a teacher, supervisor, or discussant, Saba Mahmood's publications were and remain my exclusive point of access to her work. With those publications, I have developed a close relationship over the years...
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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): 1–2.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject , underscored the complex ethical and political agency of subjects who belonged to the women's piety movement in Cairo. A delicate, searching ethnography, it also disturbed Western feminist and secular liberal assumptions about freedom...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 450–455.
Published: 01 December 2020
... that “persuasion works best when the language of power is not used in confronting the one to be persuaded” (414). In contrast, visions of secular scientific progress have relied heavily on power. Their imbrication with colonialism and capitalism renders suspect the ideational and moral superiority...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 December 2021
... to be intelligible in secular academe, we require other histories and genealogies of worldmaking, which in turn require a more consistent recognition and refusal of the politics and theoretical assumptions of historians that bind them intimately and passionately to states. 1 Conversely, terrains untraveled...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
... and the conceptual site of modernity more generally. The demand to respond, for which he invites us to hesitate, is integral to the conscripting force of secular-modern power, by which forms of life are undermined and remade in accordance with the demands of modern society. It is in this context that Asad will bring...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
... serve as a symbol on your forehead; inscribe them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, trans. Jewish Publication Society, modified) 1. Harari, Sapiens , 31–36 . 2. Asad, Genealogies , 64 . 3. Asad, Secular Translations , 144 . 4...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (2): 275–309.
Published: 01 August 2022
... and Speeches . Ambedkar B. R. Writings and Speeches . 17 vols. Bombay : Government of Maharashtra , 1992 . Arendt Hannah . “ What is Authority? ” In Between Past and Future , 91 – 141 . New York : Viking , 1969 . Asad Talal . Formations of the Secular: Christianity...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 85–105.
Published: 01 April 2019
... rules India. How do universities figure in this project? An ideologue of contemporary Hindutva wrote recently: “Those who considered the RSS the enemy of ‘secularism and nationalism’ no longer hold state power. However, they still hold the dominant position in academia.” 2 This is the simple...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (3): 436–463.
Published: 01 December 2023
... as being committed to a democratic and pluralistic India nevertheless admire Godse's ideas, one cannot help but recognize that the framework he wrote in has gained wide legitimacy today. His argument appears logical and persuasive even to those who may otherwise think of themselves as secular and liberal...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (2): 337–369.
Published: 01 August 2022
... been apprehended keep anticolonialism out of sight; in this landscape, anticolonialism is siphoned off to other fields. Instead, these lenses and inheritances make al-Afghānī a conspiracist of esotericism, secularism, and various plots, a thinker who only alleges belief in Islam in front of Muslims...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 565–576.
Published: 01 December 2021
..., Palestinians who managed to remain in their homeland and become citizens in the new state languished under military rule in their villages and towns. They remained invisible, meek, and extraneous to the process of defining the Jewish state and its values, as well as debates between Orthodox, secular, liberal...
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Critical Times (2023) 6 (2): 304–323.
Published: 01 August 2023
..., grounded in the secular teleology of homogenous and empty time, dislocates the revolution from the losses of earlier political and theological paradigms and the violence borne of these specific losses. Once dehistoricized in this way, the revolution is narrated as an eternal struggle between the forces...
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