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God, Politics, Economy
Social Theory and the Paradoxes of Religion

ISBN 9781138596382
Published April 25, 2018 by Routledge
150 Pages

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Book Description

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

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Bülent Diken teaches Social and Cultural Theory at Lancaster University, Department of Sociology.