History and Fiction in Secular Time
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
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In Religious Difference in a Secular Age (2016), Saba Mahmood calls into question one of secularism’s greatest boasts—that it makes possible pluralistic societies that protect the rights of religious minorities. Rather than bolstering neutrality toward religion, she demonstrates how secularism instead creates and exacerbates interreligious conflicts. As Nermeen Mouftah discusses in this essay, to accomplish this, Mahmood probes reckonings with and representations of history. Indeed, history is the scaffolding for two distinct forms of the secular.
This is a post-print version of an article originally published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East,2018, Volume 38, Issue 2.
The version of record is available through: Duke University Press.
“History and Fiction in Secular Time” roundtable book discussion of Saba Mahmood’s Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 38.2 (August 2018): 451-456.