Silence, exit and the politics of piety: challenging logocentrism in political theory

Dingli, S. and Khalfey, S. (2018) Silence, exit and the politics of piety: challenging logocentrism in political theory. In: Dingli, S. and Cooke, T. N. (eds.) Political Silence: Meanings, Functions and Ambiguity. Series: Interventions. Routledge: Abingdon. ISBN 9781138097353

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This chapter rejects the reduction of the phenomenon of silence in political life to violence. I the first section of the chapter we trace the reductive conceptualisation and subsequent lack of theoreti-cal engagement with the phenomenon of silence, to the logocentric understanding of legitimacy de-veloped in Western political thought in response to the ontology of the unbound subject. The chap-ter juxtaposes works of feminist international political theory that provide problematic readings of silence, with the intentional practices of silence-as-exit, performed by Muslim women in the context of the resurgence of piety in Egypt, Turkey and beyond. In so doing, we aim to illustrate that the prevailing understanding of silence in political theory is bound by an equally particular hermeneutic horizon as that which informs Muslim women’s decision to exit the political. This allows us to highlight the importance of reconceptualising silence in general and silence-as-exit in particular, and to highlight the questions raised, specifically in relation to the issue of legitimacy and ethics, as a result.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dingli, Dr Sophia
Authors: Dingli, S., and Khalfey, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics

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