Faculty Book: Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood

Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech
(The Townsend Papers in the Humanities)
(University of California Press, 2009)


The four authors discuss the supposed standoff between Islam and liberal democratic values, blasphemy and free speech, religious taboos and freedom of thought and expression, and secular and religious worldviews. Using the controversial Danish cartoons of Mohammad as a starting point, the authors question the justice system, the modes of discourse available, and the role of critique in this conflict. Talal Asad (Dist. Prof., GC) is on the doctoral faculty in anthropology.

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Submitted on: NOV 1, 2009

Category: Anthropology | Faculty Books