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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): 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 (2021) 4 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 December 2021
... histories of the modern world. This article thus moves on two fronts in order to meet the stated objectives of expanding the field of critical theory while tracking “untimely traditions” and the horizons they've drawn. It will offer a history of anticolonial practice that was simultaneously theorized within...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (1): 73–89.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Gurminder K. Bhambra Abstract Theorists working within the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory have not been immune to calls to “decolonize” that have been circulating in and beyond the academic world. This article asks what it means to seek to decolonize a tradition of thought that has...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 496–501.
Published: 01 December 2020
... the Israeli academy. These conditions made the national student movement into a mirror of the traditional political parties in Israel, marked by the uncritical adoption of the traditional parties' positions. The student movement was administered by party power at all levels and was denied any organizational...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 359–388.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Adom Getachew; Karuna Mantena Abstract This essay surveys some recent attempts to decolonize political theory and engage with non-Western political thinkers and traditions, especially anticolonialism. The authors' concern is that these engagements remain too centered on Western political thought...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (1): 29–47.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of the present and the risks it poses to our cherished normative aims is itself dilated? The answer that this essay proposes is that we must think of courage in its relationship to kairos (timeliness). Using Arendt's writings on the pariah tradition, this essay suggests three vectors of timely courage...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of the “superiority of the subjugated” with Hegel and explains its social-theoretical relevance by turning to Marx and Engels. This tradition of thought offers two explanations for the superiority of subjugated sociality, one that relies on a philosophy of history (the servant's way of existence anticipates a coming...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 401–402.
Published: 01 December 2020
... on a key debate within the Islamic tradition concerning the “rationality” of divine speech. The article is followed by five commentaries that take up and expand on different themes found in Asad's essay and developed elsewhere in his work. © 2020 Charles Hirschkind 2020 This is an open access article...
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Critical Times (2018) 1 (1): 5–22.
Published: 01 April 2018
...Bernard E. Harcourt Abstract Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht's short-lived project for a critical theory journal, Krise und Kritik , foundered in 1931 on the shoals of positivism. Since then, a series of anti-foundational challenges to traditional critical theory has fragmented the landscape...
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Critical Times (2018) 1 (1): 60–79.
Published: 01 April 2018
... with their claim to cultivate traditional values and restore order? This paper reflects on the complex recent histories—of neoliberalism, of nihilism, and of what Marcuse termed “repressive desublimation”—that generate the force and legitimacy of this novel development in Euro-Atlantic political life. Licensed...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 443–449.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in “learning to live another form of life and to speak another kind of language.” 4 Asad is of course renowned for his critique of “the pseudoscientific notion of ‘fieldwork,’” 5 for his “general opinion” that “the rich historical tradition of anthropology is unduly narrowed if it is defined simply...
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Critical Times (2022) 5 (1): 234–240.
Published: 01 April 2022
... to engage the tensions around the feminist movement with the same humility and critical spirit with which she approaches Walter Benjamin, Alain Badiou, or Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and initiates dialogues with more vernacular traditions including Jorge Luis Borges, José Carlos Mariátegui, and Ezequiel Martínez...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 85–105.
Published: 01 April 2019
... assimilation of new and foreign ideas may be necessary for progress. Cultural subjection is “when one's traditional cast of ideas and sentiments is superseded without comparison or competition by a new cast representing an alien culture which possesses one like a ghost.” The “Indian mind,” said Bhattacharya...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 471–477.
Published: 01 December 2020
... or abatement of words deserves closer attention, particularly for the pronounced role it plays in his thinking about embodiment and human forms of life. Three moments from Asad's reflection on Wittgenstein and religion will serve. The first moment: When a practitioner of a tradition is confronted...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (1): 5–9.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Indeed, none of the women interviewed for Politics of Piety sought to overthrow religious norms or seek liberation; rather, they sought to embody and transmit a living tradition in the context of the contemporary world. The act of devotion was not separate from the practices of reading, but reading...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 456–463.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in English. In what follows, I want to explore four themes—namely, modern thought, barzakh , conscience, and community—that offer the reader my deep read of Talal's essay. In effect, I am confirming the need for the grammar of a tradition, at once Islamic and global, that can be elaborated based on what...
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Critical Times (2021) 4 (3): 481–500.
Published: 01 December 2021
..., the prevailing thought in a nation is the national thought that governs all individuals; Orientalist thought, which is prevalent in the West, is the one thought through which all Western scholars must think: “No scholar . . . can resist the pressures on him of his nation or of the scholarly tradition in which he...
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Critical Times (2020) 3 (3): 464–470.
Published: 01 December 2020
... tradition has availed various resources—“native remedies”—for resolving possibly painful contradictions apparent in the revelatory language of the Qurʾan. I was able to count sixteen themes in the rotunda's first tier under the umbrella theme of persuasion: critique, tradition, belief in divine...
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Critical Times (2019) 2 (3): 370–395.
Published: 01 December 2019
... , 57 – 59 . London : Bogle-L'ouverture , 1975 . Kyriacou Anastasia . “ When Traditional Communications Outperform Digital Technology: Rohingya Refugees .” Open Democracy , September 8 , 2018 . www.opendemocracy.net/en/ourbeeb/when-traditional-communications-outperform-digital...