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Islamisation as Westernisation?

10.07.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

Reading and learning for a proposal on Turkish/European Muslim Consumer Identifications I am still going through the literature – I am intrigued by what I just found in Hakan Yavuz’s Islamic Political Identity in Turkey on Islamic revival and liberal capitalism (which makes particular sense in the light of how Turkey managed to weather the credit ...

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Idioms of Islam – idioms of consumerism… a note on Mardin

09.02.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

In his ground-breaking analysis of the emergence of the Nurcu movement in Turkey, Şerif Mardin operates with the concept of an “Islamic idiom” in order to explain how the receptiveness for Islamic legitimation has survived the secularist onslaught of Kemalism in the first decades after the demise of the Ottoman Empire. ‘Every author who has ...

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Gregor McLennan questions post-secularism

08.26.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

and is, I think, spot on. Here’s his article in TCS. He critiques the works of Asad, Braidotti, Connolly, Butler and Chakrabarty, meticulously examining their case and finding quite a lot of holes in their arguments. I think this is an eminently important piece as post-secularism also led into some politically rather dubious alliances and ...

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Pokémon, Islam, Consumerism, Israel, and the Cult of the Individual (in no particular order)

07.20.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

Whenever I come across any work on consumerism and religion – and particularly consumerism and Islam – I check whether it confirms or otherwise my own more theoretical piece on religion and consumerism. I am currently putting together a research proposal under the working title “Shopping for Turkish/Muslim Spiritualities, Identities and Ethics in the UK”, ...

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consumerism as antidote?

02.15.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

In my article “After Heroism: Religion Versus Consumerism” I argued that one effect of the adaptation religions undergo in order to survive under the hegemony of consumer culture is a move from radical commitment to “occasionalism” in which religiosity appears as an individual choice – a choice which is, crucially, reversible. This, in turn, would ...

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