Monday, November 1, 2010


Talal Asad
A Bibliography

Compiled by Sheila Smyth 
up to '05, rest is mine [pdf]


'Talal Asad Interviewed by Irfan Ahmad' Public Culture 2015, 27:2, 76: 259-279

''Why do I support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement?'' in Savage Minds by April 10th, 2015.
Read Here

Thinking About Tradition, Religion, and Politics in Egypt Today, Critical Inquiry [online]
Read Here

'Do Muslims Belong in the West' by Hasan Azad, Jadaliyye zine 2.3.2015
Read Here


"Genealogies of Religion, Twenty Years On: An Interview with Talal Asad" by Craig Martin, Bulletin for the Study of Religion 43, no. 1 (2014): 12-17.


Asad, Talal, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood. Is critique secular?: blasphemy, injury, and free speech. Oxford University Press, 2013.
- chapters by Asad: ''Free Speech, Blasphemy and Secular Criticism'' and ''Reply to Judith Butler''

“Reflections on Violence, Law, and Humanitarianism,” Critical Inquiry Read Here [published in 2015]

"Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt after Morsi" by Ayça Çabukçu in Jadaliyya e-zine, July 23, 2013 - Read Here / Arabic


“Muhammad Asad Between Religion and Politics,” Islam and Science, Vol. 10, No. 1
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“Fear and the ruptured state: reflections on Egypt after Mubarak,” Social Research, vol. 79, no. 2.

“Thinking about Religion, Belief, and Politics,” Robert Orsi, (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


“The Secular Body, Pain, and Liberal Politics,” Cultural Anthropology, Vol. 26, Issue 4

"The Suspicious Revolution: An Interview with Talal Asad" by Nathan Schneider in Jadaliyya e-zine, August 21, 2011 - Read Here

''Cosmopolitanism and Peace'' [Review of Ghazi-Bouillan's 'Understanding the Middle East Peace Process'] in anthropology NOW 3, no. 1 (2011): 102-107.

'Modernizing Middle Eastern Studies, Historicizing Religion, Particularizing Human Rights: An Interview with Talal Asad' by Janell Watson in the minnesota review 2011 Volume 2011, Number 77: 87-100


''Thinking about terrorism and just war'' Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Volume 23, Number 1, March 2010

''A Colloquium on the Origin of Human Rights with Talal Asad'' at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, February 2, 2010 website


Is critique secular?: blasphemy, injury, and free speech, Talal Asad. et al., University of California Press, 2009.
read Gourgouris - Mahmood Debate here

"Response to Gil Anidjar," Interventions, Volume 11, Issue 3 November 2009 , pages 394 - 399
see Anidjar's article in the same issue 
“The Idea of an Anthropology of Christianity” (on Talal Asad) 

''The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam'' republished in Qui Parle Vol. 17, No. 2 link

''Religion, law, and the politics of human rights: Talal Asad and Abdullahi An-Na’im in conversation'' SSRC September 29, 2009 - Read Here


عن التفجيرات الانتحارية [On Suicide Bombing in Arabic]

"Interview" in the section 'Secularism and Islam', The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power, edited by Nermeen Shaikh, published by Columbia UP, 2008. (video)

"Historical notes on the idea of secular criticism" published in The Immanent Frame
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On Suicide Bombing (The Wellek Library Lectures), Columbia University Press, 2007
Spanish, Japanese,

Google Books
The creation of terror and the perpetration of atrocities are aspects of militant action in the unequal world we inhabit, of our notions of what is cruel and what is necessary, and of the emotions with which we justify or condemn particular acts of death-dealing. I do not plead that terrorist atrocities may sometimes be morally justified. I am simply impressed by the fact that modern states are able to destroy and disrupt life more easily and on a much grander scale than ever before, and that terrorists cannot reach this capability. I am also struck by the ingenuity with which so many politicians, public intellectuals, and journalists provide moral justifications for killing and demeaning other human beings. This book does not pretend to offer solutions to moral dilemmas about institutionalized violence. It makes no case for accepting some kinds of cruelty as opposed to others. Its hope, rather, is to disturb the reader sufficiently so that he or she can take a distance from the complacent public discourse that pre-packages moral responses to "terrorism," "war," and "suicide bombing." (from the introduction)

"Secularism, hegemony, and fullness" [a response to Charles Taylor's A Secular Age] published in The Immanent Frame Read Here


Powers of the secular modern: Talal Asad and his interlocutors
Edited By David Scott, Charles Hirschkind
Stanford University Press, 2006
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Table of Contents

1Introduction : the anthropological skepticism of Talal Asad1
2Secularization revisited : a reply to Talal Asad12
3What is an "authorizing discourse"?31
4Fasting for Bin Laden : the politics of secularization in contemporary India57
5Europe : a minor tradition75
6Secularism and the argument from nature93
7On general and divine economy : Talal Asad's genealogy of the secular and Emmanuel Levinas's critique of capitalism, colonialism, and money113
8The tragic sensibility of Talal Asad134
9Redemption, secularization, and politics154
10Subjects and agents in the history of imperialism and resistance180
AppThe trouble of thinking : an interview with Talal Asad243

Talal Asad : a bibliography333

宗教を語りなおす―近代的カテゴリーの再考、みすず書房、2006年 (modern reconsideration of the category of religion)

“Trying to Understand French Secularism.” Political Theologies. Ed. Hent de Vries. New
York: Fordham University Press, 2006. Forthcoming in November 2006.

''A Single History?'' at Open Democracy

Penser la terreur, l’horrible et la mort : entretien avec Talal Asad


“Where Are the Margins of the State?” The State and its Margins. Eds. Veena Das and Deborah Poole. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 2004. 279-288.

Asad, Talal, and Keishi, Nakamura. Shukyo no keifu: kirisutokyo to isuramu ni okeru kenryoku no konkyo to kunren. Tokyo: Iwanamishoten, 2004. Note: In Japanese.


Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2003. Note: Translations contracted with publisher - Italian, Turkish, Arabic, and Japanese.
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Table of Contents
What might an anthropology of secularism look like? -- Thinking about agency and pain -- Reflections on cruelty and torture -- Redeeming the “human” through human rights -- Muslims as a “religious minority” in Europe -- Secularism, nation state, religion -- Reconfigurations of law and ethics in colonial Egypt.

“Crusading Peace: Christendom, the Muslim Worlds, and Western Political Order.” History of Religions 42.3 (2003): 249-52.

“Boundaries and Rights in Islamic Law: an Introduction.” Social Research 70.3 (2003): 683-686.

“Muslims and European Identity: Can Europe Represent Islam?” The Idea of Europe: From Antiquity to the European Union. Ed. Anthony Pagden. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press: 2002. 209-227.

“Ethographic Representation, Statistics, and Modern Power.” From the Margins: Historical Anthropology and its Futures. Ed. Brian Keith Axel. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. 66-91.

Asad, Talal, Dabashi, H., et al. “Statement Protesting the Sentenced Execution of Professor Hashem Aghajari.” Social Research 69.4 (2002): 9-13.

“Some Thoughts on the WTC Disaster.” ISIM Newsletter 9 (2002): 1; 38.


''Thinking about Secularism and Law in Egypt''. Leiden, Holland: International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), 2001.

Asad, Talal, Harvey, D., et al. “Local Horror: Global Response.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 25.4 (2001): 901.

“Reading a Modern Classic: W.C. Smith's ‘The Meaning and End of Religion.” History of Religions 40.3 (2001): 205-222.
Note: Reprinted in Religion and Media, Eds. Hent de Vries and Samuel Weber. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001.


“Agency and Pain: An Exploration.” Culture and Religion 1.1 (2000): 29-60.
Reprinted in the Formations of the Secular, ch.2

“What Do Human Rights Do? An Anthropological Enquiry.” Theory and Event 4.4 (2000).


“Religion, Nation-State, Secularism.” Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia. Eds. Peter van der Veer and Hartmut Lehmann. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999. 178-196.


“Remarks on the Anthropology of the Body.” Religion and the Body: Comparative Perspectives on Devotional Practices. Ed. Sarah Coakley. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Asad, Talal., et al. “Provocation of European Ethnology.” American Anthropologist 99.4 (1997): 713.

“Europe Against Islam: Islam in Europe.” Muslim World 87.2 (1997): 183-95.
Note: First published in Dutch in Nexus 10 (1994).


“Comments on Conversion.” Conversion to Modernities: The Globalization of Christianity. Ed. Peter van der Veer. New York: Routledge, 1996. 263-273.

“Honor - Stewart, FH.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 116.2 (1996): 308-9.

“On Torture, or Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment.” Social Research 63.4 (1996): 1081-1109.
Note: Reprinted in Human Rights, Culture & Context, edited by Richard Wilson, London: Pluto Press, 1997; and in Social Suffering. Eds. Arthur Kleinman, Veena Das, and Margaret Lock. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1997.


“A Comment On Translation, Critique, and Subversion.” Between Languages and Cultures: Translation and Cross-Cultural Texts. Eds. A. D. Needham and C. Maier, Pittsburg: University of Pittsburg Press, 1995. 325-332.

“Ideology and Cultural Identity: Modernity and the Third World Presence – Larrain, J.” American Ethnologist 22.4 (1995): 1013-14.


“Ethnographic Representation, Statistics and Modern Power.” Social Research 61 (1994): 55-88.


Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam.
Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1993.

Table of Contents


1The Construction of Religion as an Anthropological Category27
2Toward a Genealogy of the Concept of Ritual55

3Pain and Truth in Medieval Christian Ritual83
4On Discipline and Humility in Medieval Christian Monasticism125

5The Concept of Cultural Translation in British Social Anthropology171
6The Limits of Religious Criticism in the Middle East: Notes on Islamic Public Argument200

7Multiculturalism and British Identity in the Wake of the Rushdie Affair239
8Ethnography, Literature, and Politics: Some Readings and Uses of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses269




“A Comment On Aijaz Ahmad's In Theory.” Public Culture 6.1 (1993): 31-39.


“Religion and politics: An introduction”, Social Research, 59(1), 3

“Conscripts of Western Civilization?” Dialectical Anthropology: Essays in Honor of Stanley Diamond, vol. 1, Ed. C. Gailey. Gainesville, FL: University Presses of Florida, 1992. 333-351.


“From the History of Colonial Anthropology to the Anthropology of Western Hegemony.” Colonial Situations: Essays on the Contextualization of Ethnographic Knowledge. Ed. George Stocking. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. 314-324.


“Multiculturalism and British Identity in the Wake of the Rushdie Affair.” Politics & Society 18.4 (1990): 455-80.

“Ethnography, Literature, and Politics: Some Readings and Uses of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses.” Cultural Anthropology 5.3 (1990): 239-269.


“Towards a Genealogy of the Concept of Ritual.” Vernacular Christianity: Essays in the Social Anthropology of Religion Presented to Godfrey Lienhardt. Eds. W. James and D. Johnson. New York: Lilian Barber Press, 1988. 73-87. 1987

“Are There Histories of Peoples Without Europe?” Comparative Studies in Society and History 29.3 (1987): 594-607.

“Ritual and Discipline in Medieval Christian Monasticism.” Economy and Society 16.2 (1987): 159-203.


Asad, Talal, Georgetown University, and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. “The Idea of an Anthropology of Islam.” Occasional Papers. Washington, D.C.: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 1986.

“Medieval Heresy: An Anthropological View.” Social History 11.3 (1986): 345-62.

“The Concept of Cultural Translation in British Social Anthropology.” Writing Culture. Eds. Clifford, James and George E. Marcus. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1986.


With J. Dixon. “Translating Europe's Others.” Europe and Its Others. Eds. F. Barker et al. Colchester, UK: University of Essex Press, 1985.


“Primitive States and the Reproduction of Production Relations.” On Social Evolution: Contributions to Anthropological Concepts Held on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Wiener Institut Institut für Völkerkunde in Vienna, 12th-16th December 1979. Ed. Walter Dostal. Vienna. Horn: F. Berger, 1984.


Asad, Talal and Roger Owen. The Middle East. London, UK: MacMillan, 1983.

“Notes on Body Pain and Truth in Medieval Christian Ritual.” Economy and Society 12.3 (1983): 287-327.

“Anthropological Conceptions of Religion: Reflections on Geertz.” Man 18.2 (1983): 237-259.


“Slaves of the White Myth: the Psychology of Neocolonialism - Gladwin, T.” Man 17.1 (1982): 193-4.

Review of ''The Middle East: An Anthropological Approach by Dale F. Eickelman'' in International Journal of Middle East Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1 (Feb., 1982), pp. 102-103


“Ideology, Class and the Origin of the Islamic State.” Economy and Society 10.4 (1981): 498-9.

“Palestinian Society and Politics - Migdal, JS.” Political Studies 29.2 (1981): 317.

Review of Two Works: "The Origins of the Economy - Pryor; Research in Economic-Anthropology, vol 1, 1978 – Dalton, G.” in Third World Quarterly 3.2 (1981): 334-6.


“Indigenous Anthropology in Non-Western Countries: A Further Elaboration,” Current Anthropology 21, no. 5 (1980): 661–63; as “A Comment on the Idea of a Non-Western Anthropology,” in Indigenous Anthropology in Non-Western Countries: Proceedings of a Burg Wartenstein Symposium, ed. Hussein Fahim (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1982), 284–88.

With R. Owen. “The Critique of Orientalism: A Reply to Professor Dodd.” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Bulletin 7.1 (1980): 33-38.

“Ideology, Class and the Origin of the Islamic State.” Economy and Society 9.4 (1980): 450-473. DOWNLOAD
Note: Translated into Arabic and republished in Al-Mustaqbal Al-Arabi, 22. (1980).

Remarks on Edward Said's Orientalism in the 'Short Notices' section, The English Historical Review, Vol. 95, No. 376 (Jul., 1980), pp. 648


“British Social Anthropology.” Towards a Marxist Anthropology: Problems and Perspectives. Ed. Stanley Diamond. New York: Mouton, 1979. 367-376.

“Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter.” Politics of Anthropology: From Colonialism and Sexism Toward a View from Below. The Hague: Mouton, 1979. 85-97.

“Anthropology and the Analysis of Ideology.” 14.4 Man (1979): 607-627.
Note: Translated into Italian and reprinted in Materiali Filosofici. 3 (1980).

“Equality in Nomadic Systems?” Critique of Anthropology (1978).
Note: Reprinted in Pastoral Production and Society. Eds. Equipe Ecologie et Anthropologie des Societes Pastorales. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979.


“A Village in Upper Egypt.” Gazelle Review of Literature on the Middle East (1977): 82. 1976

“The British Mandate.” MERIP Reports 53 (1976): 3.

Asad, Talal, Cunnison, Ian, and Lewis G. Hill. “Settlement of Nomadism in the Sudan: A Critique of Present Plans.” Some Aspects of Pastoral Nomadism in the Sudan.[s.l.]. Sudan National Population Committee and the Economic and Social Research Council, 1976. 174-192.

With H. Wolpe. “Concepts of Modes of Production.” Economy and Society 5.4 (1976): 470-506.

"Politics and Religion in Islamic Reform: a Critique of Kedourie's Afghani and Abduh." Review of Middle East Studies 2 (1976).


"Class transformation under the mandate." MERIP Reports (1976): 3-23.


“Anthropological Texts and Ideological Problems: An Analysis of Cohen on Arab Villages in Israel.” Economy and Society 4.3 (1975): 251-282.  

Note: Reprinted as “Class Transformation of Palestine Under the Mandate” in MERIP Reports, December l976.

“The Rise of Arab Nationalism: A Comment.” Israel and the Palestinians. Eds. U. Davis, Andrew Mack and Nira Yuval-Davis. London, UK: Ithaca Press for the Richardson Institute and the Issues Programme at the University of Bradford, 1975. 93-96.


“The Concept of Rationality in Economic Anthropology.” Economy and Society 3.2 (1974):211-218.

"Marx and Mill: Two Views of Social Conflict and Social Harmony - Duncan, G." Man 9.4 (1974): 640.


Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter. London, UK: Ithaca Press, 1973.

"Arab Village: Social Structural Study of a Trans-Jordanian Peasant Community - Antoun, RT." Man 8.2 (1973): 328-329.

“Equality and Inequality in Islam.” Man 8.2 (1973): 305-6.

“Note on Spirit-Possession Among the Kababish.” Sudan Society (1973).

“The Bedouin as a Military Force: Notes on some aspects of power relations between Nomads and Sedentaries in Historical Perspective.” The Desert and the Sown: Nomads in the Wider Society. Ed. Cynthia Nelson. Berkeley, CA: Institute of International Studies, University of California, 1973. 61-73.

“Two European Images of Non-European Rule.” Economy and Society 2.3 (1973): 263-277. DOWNLOAD
Note: Reprinted in Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter. New York: Humanities Press, 1973.


“Market Model, Class Structure and Consent: a Reconsideration of Swat Political Organization.” Man 7.1 (1972): 74-94.
Note: Reprinted in The Anthropology of Politics: A Reader in Ethnography, Theory, and Critique. Ed. Joan Vincent. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2002.

“Political Inequality in the Kababish Tribe.” Essays in Sudan Ethnography: Presented to Sir E. Evans-Pritchard. Eds. I. Cunnison and W. James. London: England, 1972.

“On the Frontiers of Islam: Two Manuscripts Concerning Sudan Under Turco-Egyptian Rule, 1822-1845 - Hill, R.” Africa 42.2 (1972): 169-70.


“Shaykh and Effendi: Changing Pattern of Authority among El Shabana of Southern Iraq - Fernea, RA.” Man 6.1 (1971): 144-5.


The Kababish Arabs: Power, Authority and Consent in a Nomadic Tribe. London, UK: Hurst & Co., 1970. Excerpts from Introduction and Conclusion

“Studies in Social History of Modern Egypt – Baer, G.” Sociology 4.3 (1970): 408.

“Sudanese Ethics - Nordenstam, T.” Africa 40.1 (1970): 85-86.

“The Memoirs of Babikr Bedri – Bedri, Y and Scott, G.” Africa 40.2 (1970): 185-186

“Universities in Arab World: French - Waardenburg, JJ.” Sociology 4.3 (1970): 433-4.


The Kababish. Oxford, England: University of Oxford. Doctoral Dissertation, 1968. WEB

Talal Asad University of Oxford. Faculty of Anthropology and Geography.

Thesis (D.Phil.)--University of Oxford, 1968. 1968 iv, 397 leaves, [4] leaves of plates (2 folded) : geneal. tables, maps, photos., ports. ; 27 cm. 

“Bedouin of Negev - Marx, E.” African Social Research 6 (1968): 492-3.


“A Note on History of the Kababish Tribe.” Sudan Notes and Records 47 (1966):79-87.


Review: Buurri al Lamaab by Harold B. Barclay in Sudan Notes and Records Vol. 46, (1965) , pp. 167-170


"Seasonal Movements of the Kababish Arabs of Northern Kordofan." Sudan Notes and Records 45(1964): 48-58.
Note: Reprinted in Peoples and Cultures of the 
Middle East: an Anthropological Reader, vol. 1, 
Ed. by L. Sweet. Garden City, New York: Published for the 
American Museum of Natural History Press, 1970.


“Definition of Marriage.” Man 60 (1960): 73-74.

Works Edited by Talal Asad

Full-time joint editor (1974-92) of Economy and Society. Routledge. London, UK.

Founded and edited, together with Roger Owen, the first three volumes (1975-8) of the Review of Middle East Studies. London: Ithaca Press.

Guest editor of the special issue of Social Research on “Politics and Religion” 59.1 (1992). New School for Social Research, New York.

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