Summary: For more than three decades Talal Asad has been engaged in a distinctive critical exploration of the conceptual assumptions that govern the West's knowledgesespecially its disciplinary and disciplining knowledgesof the non-Western world. The essays that make up this volume treat diverse aspects of this remarkable body of work. Among them: the relationship between colonial power and academic knowledge; the historical shifts giving shape to the complexly interrelated categories of the ...show moresecular and the religious and the significance of these shifts in the emergence of modern Europe; and aspects of human embodiment including some of the various ways that pain emotion embodied aptitude and the senses connect with and structure cultural practices. While the specific themes and arguments addressed by the individual contributors range widely the essays cohere in a shared orientation of both critical engagement and productive extension. Note that this is not a festschrift nor a celebratory farewell but a series of engagements with a thinker whose work is in full spate and deserves to be far better known and understood. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 06
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