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Studying ‘Religion’ Critically and the Decolonial Turn: Lessons for Critical Terrorism Studies

Khan, RM (2024) Studying ‘Religion’ Critically and the Decolonial Turn: Lessons for Critical Terrorism Studies. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion. pp. 1-14. ISSN 0943-3058

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Being ‘critical’ when studying religion, whilst it does not have to be limited to studying religion’s discursive (and colonial) employments only, it certainly has to begin with it, if we aim to contribute to much-needed decolonial efforts across the social science disciplines. Critically studying religion, as I argue in this article, means starting with a normative and moral responsibility and aspiration towards a more just, equal, and progressive social world that grapples with the coloniality, and structures of white supremacy we are all embedded in. In this article I will reflect on the contributions of Critical Religion (CR) especially to fields like (Critical) Terrorism Studies and related disciplines which regularly discuss ‘religion’ and religiously-inspired violence but never actually acknowledge ‘religion’s’ colonial and gendered implications, definitional instability, or Euro- and Christian-centric invention. The work Critical Religion does in uncovering and excavating the modern-colonial origins of the term ‘religion’, I argue, is essential in realising and contributing to the decolonial turn we are currently experiencing and which disciplines like (Critical) Terrorism Studies can only benefit from.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2204 Religion and Religious Studies; Religions & Theology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 16 May 2024 13:43
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:43
DOI or ID number: 10.1163/15700682-bja10132
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23266
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