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ISSN 0869-5377
Author: Asad Talal

Asad Talal

Talal Asad — anthropologist; distinguished professor of anthropology at the City University of New York (USA). Among his works: Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam (1993), Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity (2003), On Suicide Bombing (2007).

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What might an anthropology of secular look like? / Logos. 2011. № 3 (82). P. 56-99
annotation:  In this article we see an exploration of epistemological assumptions of the secular that might help us be a little clearer about what is involved in the anthropology of secularism. The secular, it is argued, is neither continuous with the religious that supposedly preceded it (that is, it is not the latest phase of a sacred origin) nor a simple break from it (that is, it is not the opposite, an essence that excludes the sacred). The author takes the secular to be a concept that brings together certain behaviors, knowledges, and sensibilities in modern life.
Keywords:  anthropology of secularism, secular, epistemology, genealogy, myth, Foucault
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