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Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture (Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought) Paperback – April 13, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0521778107 ISBN-10: 0521778107 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Religion and Critical Thought (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; First Edition edition (April 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521778107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521778107
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,300,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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

Book Description

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.

More About the Author

William David Hart (PhD, Princeton University, 1994) is professor of Religious Studies and African American Studies at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. His research and writing interests include the construction of religion and its ethical-political uses. A self-described critical theorist of religion, Hart is the author of Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture (Cambridge, 2000), Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis (Palgrave, 2008), and Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion (Palgrave 2011).

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