Religion after Critique: Lecture by Abdulkader Tayob

Lecture by Abdulkader Tayob on ‘Religion after Critique: Decolonial Strategies for the Study of Religion(s)’ [Critical Humanities event]. It was chaired by Prathama Banerjee. 


The study of religion has gone through an extensive period of critical self-reflection with regard to its subject, the terms used for analysis, its place in the academy, and its socio-political effects. Religion have been shown to be created for the field and/or implicated in the political projects of colonial modernity. This lecture will emphasize on the difference between postmodernist and postcolonial critiques. Then, using a decolonial lens, it will offer a close reading of the postcolonial work of David Chidester, Talal Asad and Charles Long that points to two dimensions in their study of religions. The first is a critique of the discipline of religion that puts colonial modernity in the centre of analysis, while the second suggests ways of studying religion after critique. 

Click to Read the Background Article to Facilitate the Discussion.

Abdulkader Tayob is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Cape Town, and holds the National Research Foundation Chair in Islam, African Publics and Religious Values. He has published on Islam in South Africa, Africa, the history of religions. His current projects focus on decolonizing Religious Studies and Islamic intellectual history.

Prathama Banerjee is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Monday, 1 March 2021, 3 pm, Zoom