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Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech

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ISBN-10: 0823251691

ISBN-13: 9780823251698

Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, Saba Mahmood

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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…    
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 5/9/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Talal Asad is a professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author of Formations of the Secularand Genealogies of Religion.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities.

Saba Mahmood is associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Preface, 2013
Free Speech, Blasphemy, and Secular Criticism
Religious Reason and Secular Affect: An Incommensurable Divide?
The Sensibility of Critique: Response to Asad and Mahmood
Reply to Judith Butler
Reply to Judith Butler