Formations of the Secular  


Formations of the Secular
Stanford University Press | February 3, 2003 | 269 pages
ISBN: 9780804747684

Opening with the provocative query “what might an anthropology of the secular look like?” this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism, with emphasis on the major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes in the modern West and the Middle East. Talal Asad proceeds to dismantle commonly held assumptions about the secular and the terrain it allegedly covers.