Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech

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Townsend Center for the Humanities, University of California, 2009 - Blasphemy (Islam) - 154 pages
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In this volume, four leading thinkers of our times confront the paradoxes and dilemmas attending the supposed stand-off between Islam and liberal democratic values. Taking the controversial Danish cartoons of Mohammad as a point of departure, Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood inquire into the evaluative frameworks at stake in understanding the conflicts between blasphemy and free speech, between religious taboos and freedoms of thought and expression, and between secular and religious world views. Is the language of the law an adequate mechanism for the adjudication of such conflicts? What other modes of discourse are available for the navigation of such differences in multicultural and multi-religious societies? What is the role of critique in such an enterprise? These are among the pressing questions this volume addresses.

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User Review  - Kim Shively - Goodreads

For anthropologists and others who want to think more deeply about the issues surrounding ideas about free speech and blasphemy--especially in Europe--this book is definitely helpful. Talal Asad deals ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sara Salem - Goodreads

Interesting book but I expected a deeper critique of secularism's Eurocentrism. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Talal Asad is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center. Judith Butler is Maxine Elliott Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature; Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science; Saba Mahmood is Associate Professor of Social Cultural Anthropology, all at the University of California, Berkeley.

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