Religious Governmentality

The Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir




Modernity, Subjectivity formation, Governmentality, Hizb ut-Tahrir


In this article on the role of religion in the formation of modern subjectivities we use a contemporary transnational Islamist organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir, as our example. We examine how technologies of domination are combined with norm-setting technologies of the self in shaping new modern Muslim subjectivities among its members. First, we present our theoretical perspective and analytical framework. Then we describe the ideological roots of Hizb ut-Tahrir in the intellectual universe of nineteenth-century thinking about Islamic reform. Third, we analyse the practice of tooling or processing minds, souls, convictions, physical appearance, and behaviour among members of the organization. As our major interest lies not in Hizb ut-Tahrir as such but in the role of religion in the formation of modern social subjectivities, we conclude with some general reflections on this question.




How to Cite

Jung, D., & Sinclair, K. (2020). Religious Governmentality: The Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir. Temenos - Nordic Journal for the Study of Religion, 56(1), 95–118.