"A fashionable performance at a high level..." Choice
"This book will excite and reward in graduate courses on the politics of contemporary religious and culture." Religious Studies Review
"Hart meticulously analyses the constituent elements of Said's position and creates a much more nuanced and qualified assessment of its pros and cons. This book will excite and reward in graduate courses on the politics of contemporary religion and culture." Religious Studies Review Oct 2001
This book provides a distinctive account of Edward Said's critique of modern culture by highlighting the religion-secularism distinction on which it is predicated. It refers to religious and secular traditions and to tropes that extend the meaning and reference of religion and secularism in indeterminate ways. It covers Said's heterogeneous corpus--from Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography, his first book, to Orientalism, his most influential book, to his recent writings on the Palestinian question. The religion-secularism distinction lies behind Said's cultural criticism, and his notion of intellectual responsibility.