Genealogies of religion : discipline and reasons of power in Christianity and Islam
He argues that "religionis a construction of European modernity, a construction that authorizes-for Westerners and non-Westerners alike-particular forms of "history making."
Print Book, English, 1993
Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, Baltimore u.a., 1993
9780801846328, 9780801846311, 0801846323, 0801846315
Part 1 Genealogies: the construction of religion as an anthropological category; toward a genealogy of the concept of ritual. Part 2 Archaisms: pain and truth in medieval Christian ritual; on discipline and humility in medieval Christian monasticism. Part 3 Translations: the concept of cultural translation in British social anthropology; the limits of religious criticism in the Middle East. Part 4 Polemics: multiculturalism and British identity in the wake of the Rushdie affair; ethnography, literature and politics - some readings and uses of Salmon Rushdie's "Satanic Verses".