Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Is Critique Secular?Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251681

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251681.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FORDHAM SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Fordham University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FSO for personal use (for details see http://www.fordham.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 14 December 2017

The Sensibility of Critique: Response to Asad and Mahmood

The Sensibility of Critique: Response to Asad and Mahmood

Chapter:
(p.95) The Sensibility of Critique: Response to Asad and Mahmood
Source:
Is Critique Secular?
Author(s):

Judith Butler

Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251681.003.0004

In this chapter, the author responds to the essays by Talal Asad and Saba Mahmood regarding the critique of secularism, as well as issues of free speech, blasphemy, and religious extremism raised by the Danish cartoon controversy—the protests and debates sparked by the 2005 Danish newspaper publication of a series of cartoons satirizing the Prophet Muhammad. The author weaves together and extends their critiques of the inherent secularism attributed to critique in the modern Western tradition. She also affirms their challenges to Western representations of blasphemy, injury, and freedom by citing the existence of a normative framework constraining and regulating the semantic fields in which such terms operate. In addition, the author makes a distinction between critique and criticism before offering her own critique of sexual freedom in “secular” immigration politics in the Netherlands.

Keywords:   critique, secularism, free speech, blasphemy, religious extremism, Danish cartoon controversy, injury, criticism, sexual freedom, immigration politics

Fordham Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .