Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The AliitesRace and Law in the Religions of Noble Drew Ali$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Spencer Dew

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226647968

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226648156.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 13 May 2021

The Unfinished Pyramid

The Unfinished Pyramid

Knowledge and the Legal

Chapter:
(p.137) 06 The Unfinished Pyramid
Source:
The Aliites
Author(s):

Spencer Dew

Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226648156.003.0007

Aliite knowledge practices involves engaging in sources widely acknowledged as authoritative within the broader society and producing from those sources evidence in support of preconceived Aliite claims. Such “research,” with its emphasis on the “evidentiary”—on that which is capable of functioning as compelling evidence within legal discourse, has three major ramifications within Aliite communities. First, Aliite thinkers must negotiate the cognitive dissonance generated by their simultaneous contestation and cooptation of authoritative sources condemned for their role in maintaining ignorance yet lauded for hidden truths “uncovered” within them by such thinkers. Second, Aliite thinkers safeguard both pieces and practices of knowledge, rendering knowledge public yet also securing it as the exclusive property of a given thinker, and, third, Aliite emphasis on fact over belief, and truth over superstition leads to reconceptualizing and, in some cases, rejection of the term “religion,” even as “religion” is simultaneously mobilized as a legal category in order to achieve rights and accommodations within the legal system.

Keywords:   knowledge, epistemology, research, authority, etymology, religion, evidentiary

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.