Decolonizing Secularism’s Conceptual Matrix

Author: Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

Link: “Decolonizing Secularism’s Conceptual Matrix” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, Durham: Duke University Press, 2018

About: This article responds to Saba Mahmood’s Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (2016). It highlights those aspects of the book that intersect with intellectual work that actively experiments with alternative ways of conceptualizing difference in order to bring about a more rigorous decolonization of the conceptual structures of secularity. Central to this effort is the recognition, inspired by Gilles Deleuze, that secularity’s “conceptual matrix” can be seen as a very particular “image of thought.”


Arvind-Pal S. Mandair
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures 

Tara Singh & Balwant Kaur Chattha, Gurbax Singh & Kirpal Kaur Brar Professor of Sikh Studies

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