This article responds to Saba Mahmood’s Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (2016). It highlights those aspects of the book that intersect with intellectual work that actively experiments with alternative ways of conceptualizing difference in order to bring about a more rigorous decolonization of the conceptual structures of secularity. Central to this effort is the recognition, inspired by Gilles Deleuze, that secularity’s “conceptual matrix” can be seen as a very particular “image of thought.”
Decolonizing Secularism’s “Conceptual Matrix”
Arvind-Pal S. Mandair is an associate professor of Sikh studies at the University of Michigan. His publications include Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality, and the Politics of Translation, published by Columbia University Press (2009), and Secularism and Religion-Making (with Markus Dressler), published by Oxford University Press (2011).
Arvind-Pal S. Mandair; Decolonizing Secularism’s “Conceptual Matrix”. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 August 2018; 38 (2): 443–451. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-6982191
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