My Selection Of Critiques I Have Chosen Talal Asad 's No God But God

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For my selection of critiques I have chosen Talal Asad’s On Suicide Bombing (2007), Saba Mahmood’s Politics of Piety (2004), and Reza Aslan’s No God but God (2005). Written in the post September 11th world and published after the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, all three of these texts developed in a volatile political world, one that juxtaposed American foreign policy goals with identity politics, as well as a distinct American social milieu, whose sole source of education about the Middle East and Islam were dictated by media soundbites, secular and religious pundits, and tragic events around the globe. Their focuses confront the Clash of the Civilizations thesis, which had aggressively re-surfaced in the public debate about the Middle East, and call upon the readers and Westerners in general to examine critically the lenses at which they interpret events, histories, and peoples throughout the world. Overall, I see these books as being important, theoretical approaches in analyzing the ways in which intellectuals, politicians, and the media frame discourses regarding Islam and the West.
1) Asad, Talal. On Suicide Bombing. New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
To begin, Dr. Talal Asad is a social anthropologist, who has made very important theoretical contributions to the discussion of religion, secularism, and modernity, at the City University of New York. Born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Pakistan, Asad was educated in a Missionary school, where he was first…

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