Talal Asad

Talal Asad

You do not need intellectuality for deep faith. You do not need it for behaving humanely towards people whether fellow Muslims or non-Muslims. You do not need a concept, a theory, you do not need intellectual arguments for justifying a way of living that is already in place in order for it to proceed.More Talal Asad quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It seems to me perfectly possible to act humanely towards other beings, whether humans or animals or plants. One simply has to learn how to behave. To behave "humanely" it is perfectly possible to do without the notion of "humanity."More Talal Asad quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do not criticize religion as such, but I criticize the concept and the definition of "religion" - as I said in Genealogies.More Talal Asad quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You should never employ your intellect but only that it is not essential to exercise it in order to live a humane life. Language permeates all of life, of course, and one's mind is essential to it, but that does not mean intellectuality should transcend all of life.More Talal Asad quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Genealogical Science is a wonderful account of how old-fashioned race science has come to be re-defined by resort to the most recent developments in genetics. But this book is not simply another story of the ideological uses to which science may be put. Nadia Abu El-Haj has provided the reader with a very detailed analysis of the historical entanglement between science and politics. Her study should be required reading for anyone interested in the sociology of science-and also for those dealing with Middle Eastern More Talal Asad quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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