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Redeeming Anthropology: A Theological Critique of a Modern Science

Khaled Furani


Anthropologists have invariably engaged in their discipline as a form of redemption, whether to escape from social restriction, nourish their souls, reform their home polities, or vindicate “the natives.” This book explores how in pursuit of a secular science sired by the Enlightenment, adherents to a “faith in mankind” have variably rejected and embraced theology, albeit in concealed and contradictory ways. Mining principally the personal and biographical register from the American, British, and French anthropological traditions, it argues that despite manifold efforts to the contrary, theolo ... More

Keywords: anthropology, theology, ethnography, secular, reason, critique, sovereignty, Enlightenment, epistemology, biography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Khaled Furani, author
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

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