Talal Asad

anthropologist at the CUNY Graduate Center

Talal Asad (born April 1932) is an anthropologist at the CUNY Graduate Center.


  • Now, over the last few decades, as the various global crises have been accumulating — climate change, the threat of nuclear war as well as the dangers of nuclear energy, the uncontrollability of the global financial system, and so on — we now hear people saying things like: “Look at what humanity has done.” Now suddenly the subject is “humanity,” whereas originally, Euro-Americans had claimed: “Look at the stunning achievements of the West.”
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