Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

Chapter 1 POSTMODERNITY AND THE DOUBLE WALL

Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

David L. Johnston [+-]
Saint Joseph’s University
David L. Johnston is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct lecturer at the Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. He lived for fifteen years in Algeria, Egypt and the West Bank, where he served as a pastor and teacher. He then completed his PhD work at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) in theology and Islamic Studies; continued his research and taught part-time at the Religious Studies Department at Yale University. His published articles and essays have mostly focused on the intersection of theology and law in contemporary Islam (Islamochristiana, Islamic Law and Society, The Maghreb Review, Die Welt des Islams and Journal of the American Academy of Religion). His blogs can be found on his website, www.humantrustees.org

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In this chapter I describe postmodernity—the current interconnected, global, neoliberal system of political and economic instruments, institu- tions and alliances—as the logical outcome of a chain of events in Western civilization: (1) the Western imperial drive from 1492 on to exploit foreign territories resulting in the dispossession of native populations; (2) the rise of capitalism, and especially its insistence on the commodification of public goods, which started, arguably, with the acquisition of land belonging to native peoples by Anglo-American settlers in the early eighteenth century; (3) and, much more recently, the post-Fordist, postindustrial and consumerist era arose out of the ashes of the post-World War II Bretton Woods arrangements that collapsed around 1970. 

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Johnston, David L.. Chapter 1 POSTMODERNITY AND THE DOUBLE WALL. Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 27 - 61 Apr 2010. ISBN 9781781790359. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19275. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19275. Apr 2010

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