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Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam Paperback – August 1, 1993
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This eloquent, lucid, and complex work is the product of remarkable intelligence and erudition; it is a profound contribution to the understanding of the cultural hegemony of the West.(Ralph M. Coury Religious Studies Review)
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Talal Asad is a professor of anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University.
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So although we have a vague and general idea of religion in the modern era, Asad argues for a more particular study of religion that subdivides it into smaller categories. He writes:
'In the Middle Ages, such [religious] discourses ranged over an enormous domain, defining and creating religion: rejecting 'pagan' practices or accepting them; authenticating particular miracles and relics (the two confirmed each other); authorizing shrines; compiling saints' lives, both as a model of and as a model for the Truth; requiring the regular telling of sinful thoughts, words, and deeds to a priestly confessor and giving absolution to a penitent; regularizing popular social movements into Rule-following Orders (for example, the Fransciscans), or denouncing them for heresy or for verging on the heretical (for example, the Beguines).Read more ›