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The Politics of Piety & the Loss of Spirituality: Dr. Syed Nauman Naqvi
The Center for Middle East Studies and Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah present a Lecture by Dr. Syed Nauman Naqvi, Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, Habib University, Karachi.
This paper will argue that the new politics of piety increasingly celebrated in anthropological literature, ignores the fact that it represents the ongoing erosion of the ethical, spiritual and theosophical dimensions of religion. Until recently - and even now in its many folk and even popular expressions - the historical experience of religion has been far more expansive than modern pietism allows. This narrowing of religious experience is massively determined by the increasing domination of religion by nationalist and political concepts and frameworks.