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Faisal Devji and Zaheer Kazmi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851279.001.0001

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Preliminary Thoughts on Art and Society

Preliminary Thoughts on Art and Society

(p.243) 12 Preliminary Thoughts on Art and Society
Islam after Liberalism

Sadia Abbas

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This chapter argues that anti-aesthetic tendencies in postsecular thought tend to obscure the complexity of society by dividing social practices with an aesthetic and aesthetically performative component along religious and secular lines. In everyday life, however, art, devotional music and Na’at performances coexist and are often imbricated. We need a more dynamic conception of society, state and art, attentive to these intimacies.

Keywords:   Anti-aesthetic, Social practices, Postsecular thought, Religious, Secular, Devotional music, Na’at performances, Society

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