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Is Critique Secular?: Blasphemy, Injury, and Free Speech

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


This book interrogates settled ways of thinking about the seemingly interminable conflict between religious and secular values in our world today. What are the assumptions and resources internal to secular conceptions of critique that help or hinder our understanding of one of the most pressing conflicts of our times? Taking as its point of departure the question of whether critique belongs exclusively to forms of liberal democracy that define themselves in opposition to religion, the book considers the case of the “Danish cartoon controversy” of 2005. It offers accounts of reading, understand ... More

Keywords: secular values, liberal democracy, Danish cartoon controversy, free speech, religious belief, judgment, violence, reason, prejudice, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823251681
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823251681.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Talal Asad, author
CUNY Graduate Center

Wendy Brown, author
University of California, Berkeley

Judith Butler, author
University of California, Berkeley