Thursday, September 13, 2018

"Using a genealogical method

 developed by Friedrich Nietzsche and made prominent by Michel Foucault, Asad "complicates terms of comparison that many anthropologists, theologians, philosophers, and political scientists receive as the unexamined background of thinking, judgment, and action as such. By doing so, he creates clearings, opening new possibilities for communication, connection, and creative invention where opposition or studied indifference prevailed.
--William E. Connolly in Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and His Interlocutors, Stanford University Press, 2006, p. 75.

Conversations with History - Talal Asad

"Thinking About Religion, Secularism and Politics" Talal Asad, Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Talal Asad who reflects on his life and work as an anthropologist focusing on religion, modernity, and the complex relationships between Islam and the West. Recorded October 2, 2008

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

'Generally speaking,' al-Ghazālī writes in the Iḥyā',

"the subjects are corrupt because their rulers are corrupt; and rulers are corrupt because the scholars are corrupt. Were it not for corrupt judges and corrupt scholars, corruption among rulers would be rare for fear of their disapproval'
This quotation is taken from Al-Ghazālī on the Lawful and the Unlawful [Book XIV of Iḥyā' 'ulūm al-Dīn]. Translated by Yusuf T. Delorenzo. (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2014, p. 231).

-Cited in David Decosimo, "An Umma of Accountability: Al-Ghazālī against Domination," Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 98, Number 3, 2015, Penn State University Press, 260-288, p277). [also posted on author's page here]