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Formacije sekularnog. Hrišćanstvo, Islam, Modernost
Formations of the Secular. Christianity, Islam, Modernity

Author(s): Talal Asad
Contributor(s): Dušan Đorđević-Mileusnić (Translator), Đorđe Čolić (Translator), Aleksandra Kostić (Translator), Miroslav Zovko (Translator)
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Theology and Religion, Islam studies, Comparative Studies of Religion, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Beogradski krug
Keywords: secularism; colonialism; human rights; Islamic law; nation-states; sacred; law; sovereignty; morality; Egyptian law; judicial process; Europe; United States; Enlightenment
Summary/Abstract: Opening with the provocative query “what might an anthropology of the secular look like?” this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism, with emphasis on the major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes in the modern West and the Middle East. Talal Asad proceeds to dismantle commonly held assumptions about the secular and the terrain it allegedly covers. He argues that while anthropologists have oriented themselves to the study of the “strangeness of the non-European world” and to what are seen as non-rational dimensions of social life (things like myth, taboo, and religion),the modern and the secular have not been adequately examined.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-86-82299-82-1
  • Page Count: 332
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Language: Serbian