God, Politics, Economy
Social Theory and the Paradoxes of Religion
The book intervenes into the contemporary debate on religion, politics, and economy, focusing on the field of formation which emerges as these seemingly autonomous spheres encounter one another.
Empirically, it concentrates on examples from literature, theatre, and cinema as well as a case study of the recent revolts in Turkey where a ‘moderate’ Islamic government is in power. Theoretically, its focus is on the contemporary ‘return’ of religion in the horizon of the critique of religion, seeking to articulate an affirmative politics that can re-evaluate the value of dominant values in religious governance and governance of religion.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Comedy as Transcendental Stupidity Part I: Religion and Politics 1. Communist/Democratic Invariants, Religion and Heresy 2. Islamic governance as a Comedy of Errors 3. ‘Radical’ Islam as a Comedy of (T)Errors Part II: Politics and Economy 4. Revolution, Religion and Economy 5. Neo-liberal Islam, Islamic Neo-Liberalism 6. The Economy of Nihilism Part III: Economy and Religion 7. ‘Moderate’ Islam’s Theology of Money 8. ‘Radical’ Islam as Charity Capitalism 9. Capitalism as Religion Conclusion: Radical Politics as the Transfiguration of (All) Values
Bülent Diken teaches Social and Cultural Theory at Lancaster University, Department of Sociology.