Eric Kaufmann

Swimming Beyond the Mainstream

Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways

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Together with Gilles Kepel and John Esposito, Olivier Roy completes the holy trinity of Western Islamo-sages. This book befits that status. Roy ranges widely in search of examples, from the ancient world to the forgotten corners of the present, setting them all to the music of his crowning argument: that religion is becoming ‘deculturated’, separated from culture. 

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