How Religion Turns into Ideology?
Abstract of paper to be presented by Hassan Rachik, Hassan II University, at the conference "Islam Re-Observed: Clifford Geertz in Morocco"
Published: Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Taking as a starting point Geertz's analysis of "the transformation of religious symbols from imagistic revelations of the divine, evidences of God, to ideological assertions of the Divine's importance, badges of piety…" (Islam Observed), I propose to consider how religion turns into ideology. More accurately, I will examine the political and intellectual processes showing how religious ideas cease being what they are and become something else, an ideology.