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The Politics Of Piety And The Norms Of Analysis

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This chapter opens with a discussion on Saba Mahmood's work that touches two very important nerves in contemporary debates: one is the nerve that relates to the tension between secular liberal discourses and religious discourses, while the second relates to the tension between feminist discourses and religious discourses. The author has two objections to Mahmood's discussion of the relation between the analytical and the prescriptive dimension of feminism. First, Mahmood presents her view as an argument against reducing analytic work to the requirements of political judgment. Second, if by prescription Mahmood means normative concerns more generally, then detaching the analytical work from the prescriptive dimension challenges some of the fundamental theoretical commitments of feminist scholarship.

Keywords: feminism; religious discourses; Saba Mahmood



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