Islam and Secularism in Post-Colonial Thought, by Hadi Enayat
Hadi Enayat, Islam and Secularism in Post-Colonial Thought: A Cartography of Asadian Genealogies, Palgrave MacMillan, 2017.
This book is a theoretically and historically informed exploration of ‘secularism’ in Muslim contexts. It does this through a critical assessment of an influential tradition of thinking about Islam and secularism, derived from the work of anthropologist Talal Asad and his followers. The study employs the tools of comparative historical sociology and sociology of knowledge to engage with the assumptions of Asadian theory. Ultimately, Enayat argues against nativist assertions drawn from the experience of Western modernity and provides a qualified defense of secularism.
Hadi Enayat is Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, Aga Khan University, London, UK. His book Law, State and Society in Modern Iran won the 2013 Biennial Mossadegh Prize.