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Talk at Bogazici: Karim Sadek (AUB) on “Honneth’s Recognition-based Theory and the Recognition of Islamic Identity” (22.05.2013)

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Karim Sadek (AUB) will give a talk on Wednesday 22.05.2013 from 5-7pm in TB130.

“Honneth’s Recognition-based Theory and the Recognition of Islamic Identity”

Dr. Sadek received his phd in philosophy from Georgetown University and is currently a Post-Doc at the American University of Beirut.
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Abstract: This paper investigates the ability of Axel Honneth’s recognition-based theory to explain and evaluate the demand for the public recognition of Islamic identity. Drawing on Rached al-Ghannouchi’s dissident thought as representative of a trend in Islamic revivalism, I reconstruct his social and political demands in terms of a demand for the public recognition of Islamic identity. I also argue that to fully and properly capture Ghannouchi’s demand for recognition, we should distinguish between a negative and a positive interpretation of that demand. I then show that while Honneth’s theory succeeds in capturing and addressing the demand for the public recognition of Islamic identity understood negatively, it fails to do so with the positive construal of that demand. This failure, however, can be remedied. Drawing on two sympathetic critics of Honneth’s theory and its contribution to the politics of identity, I put forward an upgraded version of the recognition model that is capable of both normatively grasping Ghannouchi’s demand and adequately responding to it. The outcome of this encounter between Honneth and Ghannouchi not only empowers the recognition model, but also allows for a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Ghannouchi’s demands for the public recognition of Islamic identity.
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Written by Lucas Thorpe

May 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

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