The introduction provides a brief account of the philosophical, biographical, and scholarly issues surrounding the question of religion in Derrida's work. It suggests that a study of Derrida's engagement with religion brings to the fore many of the themes that have marked his work, including politics, ethics, alterity etc. as well as providing a privileged entry point for considering scholarly debates about deconstruction. Giving a brief account of the ways in which religious questions have left their mark on the reception of Derrida within the Anglo-American context, it considers ways in which his work has both invited and resisted its insertion into traditions of religious thinking. It also pays attention to the ways in which Derrida marshalled his Jewish and Algerian heritage in his later autobiographical writings and considers the implications for thinking about religion, faith, and atheism.
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