Now Available: The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology (Brill 2020)

The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology

Series: Studies in Critical Social Sciences, Volume: 165

In The Critique of Religion and Religion’s Critique: On Dialectical Religiology, Dustin J. Byrd compiles numerous essays honouring the life and work of the Critical Theorist, Rudolf J. Siebert. His “dialectical religiology,” rooted in the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, especially Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse, Erich Fromm, Leo Löwenthal, and Jürgen Habermas, is both a theory and method of understanding religion’s critique of modernity and modernity’s critique of religion. Born out of the Enlightenment and its most important thinkers, i.e. Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud, religion is understood to be dialectical in nature. It contains within it both revolutionary and emancipatory elements, but also reactionary and regressive elements, which perpetuate mankind’s continual debasement, enslavement, and oppression. Thus, religion by nature is conflicted within itself and thus stands against itself. Dialectical Religiology attempts to rescue those elements of religion from the dustbin of history and reintroduce them into society via their determinate negation. As such, it attempts to resolve the social, political, theological, and philosophical antagonisms that plague the modern world, in hopes of producing a more peaceful, justice-filled, equal, and reconciled society. The contributors to this book recognize the tremendous contributions of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert in the fields of philosophy, sociology, history, and theology, and have profited from his long career. This book attempts to honour that life and work.

Contributors include: Edmund Arens, Gregory Baum, Francis Brassard, Dustin J. Byrd, Denis R. Janz, Gottfried Küenzlen, Mislav Kukoč, Michael, R. Ott, Rudolf J. Siebert, Hans K. Weitensteiner, and Brian C. Wilson.


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Ekpyrosis Press: A New Publishing House on a Dialectical Mission

Ekpyrosis Press is a new academic press dedicated to publishing books and articles that advance the following three principles:

  1. Know Thyself (γνῶθι σεαυτόν): Ekpyrosis Press is engaged in a rediscovery and revivification of Western thought, rooted in the three seedbed societies: Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome. This is especially important in the face of growing nationalism, which seeks to use Western heritage as a weapon against other peoples. The West is strongest when it knows itself; it does not fear others when it does.
  2. Inter-civilizational Discourse: Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to engaging in robust discourses with other civilizations, including the Muslim World, with the practical intent to lessen misunderstandings, hatred, and war.
  3. The Hopeless (Die Hoffnungslosen): Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to the defense of the hopeless and the marginalized in Western and Resten societies. Strength does not flow from barbarity, rather it is a feature of solidarity with those who find themselves the victims of the slaughter bench of history.

To learn more about Ekpyrosis Press, as well as to see our forthcoming titles, please visit us through the below link:

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Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith

I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith, published by Brill (Leiden, The Netherlands). This book critically examines the unique challenges facing Muslims in Europe and North America. From the philosophical perspective of the Frankfurt School’s Critical Theory, this book attempts not only to diagnose the current problems stemming from a marginalization of Islam in the secular West, but also to offer a proposal for a Habermasian discourse between the religious and the secular. By highlighting historical examples of Islamic and western rapprochement, and rejecting the clash of civilization thesis, the author attempts to find a common language between the religious and the secular, which can serve as a vehicle for a future reconciliation.

It is available for purchase on, Barnes &, and other intelligent bookstores. It can also be found on Brill’s website.

Brill Academic Publishing (2016) ISBN: 978-9004325357 356 pp. $178.00 (List price)

Hardcover: Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith

The paperback was released by Haymarket Books in Chicago, in late 2017 ($28)

Paperback: Islam in a Post-Secular Society: Religion, Secularity, and the Antagonism of Recalcitrant Faith






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Coming in October: Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched (Paperback)

In early 2020, Seyed Javad Miri and I published the Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched with Brill. We are happy to announce that the paperback will be released this fall by Haymarket books in Chicago. This collection contains an original essay by Mumia Abu-Jamal on Frantz Fanon’s influence on the Black Panther Party.

In Frantz Fanon and Emancipatory Social Theory: A View from the Wretched, Dustin J. Byrd and Seyed Javad Miri bring together a collection of essays by a variety of scholars who explore the lasting influence of Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, revolutionary, and social theorist. Fanon’s work not only gave voice to the “wretched” in the Algerian War of Independence (1954-1962), but also shaped the radical resistance to colonialism, empire, and racism throughout much of the world. His seminal works, such as Black Skin, White Masks, and The Wretched of the Earth, were read by The Black Panther Party in the United States, anti-imperialists in Africa and Asia, and anti-monarchist revolutionaries in the Middle East. Today, many revolutionaries and scholars have returned to Fanon’s work, as it continues to shed light on the nature of colonial domination, racism, and class oppression. 

Contributors include: Syed Farid Alatas, Rose Brewer, Dustin J. Byrd, Sean Chabot, Richard Curtis, Nigel C. Gibson, Ali Harfouch, Timothy Kerswell, Seyed Javad Miri, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Pramod K. Nayar, Elena Flores Ruíz, Majid Sharifi, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib and Esmaeil Zeiny.

Here’s a link to the book on Haymarket’s website:

Iranian article about my latest book, “Critical Theory of Religion” and the work of Ali Shariati

I was honored to have the opportunity to work with Muhammad Sadegh Abdollahi at Javan newspaper in Iran to discuss my work and thoughts on the revolutionary thinker Ali Shariati, who Seyed Javad Miri and I published a book about a few years ago: Ali_Shariati (Haymarket Books). Ali Shariati was intensely influential in shaping the revolutionary mentality of the Iranian people prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Sadly, he died in 1977, never seeing his people emancipated from the U.S. installed dictator, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Shah. Nevertheless, Shariati’s intellectual influence lives on within all those who struggle to liberate their nations from oppression, and his philosophical and sociological works remain a vital source of new thinking for both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, academics, and activists.

In the interview for Javan newspaper, we also discussed my new book, “Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought,” published by Ekpyrosis Press, and available on Critical-Religion Softcovers are available for $28 and hardcovers will be available soon. Buy your copy now while supplies last!

New Book: Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought

The new book, Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought, is the first book published by the new publishing house, Ekpyrosis Press. Founded in 2020, Ekpyrosis Press is dedicated to publishing new monographs, classics, and edited volumes that promote dialectical thought, rational critique, and furtherance of justice and equality in an unjust and unequal world.

For more information on Ekpyrosis Press, see:

If you wish to submit a book proposal, send it to, with the word “EP Proposal” in the subject line.

To purchase Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought, follow this Amazon link:

Now available in both Hardcover and Paperback.

New book published by Ekpyrosis Press

The Frankfurt School on Religion and Theology: A Discourse in Six Parts

Earlier this year, I had the great honor to engage in a discourse with various scholars on the topic of the Frankfurt School’s relationship to religion and theology. Included in the discourse were Amjad Hussain, Dalal Sarnou, Hille Haker, Rudolf J. Siebert, Will M. Sipling, and Jeremiah Morelock. Click the link below to watch our discussion:

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Now available: Islamic Perspective Journal: Vol. 23, Spring 2020.

I’m pleased to announce that the latest edition of Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 23, Spring 2020 is now available. It includes my essay “Ethno-apotheosis and Bilderverbot: The Theo-Philosophical Basis for the Current Western Daseinkampf,” a version of which was presented at the 2019 conference “Critical Theory and the Study of Religion: Conference in Honor of Rudolf J. Siebert,” which took place in November of 2019 at Western Michigan University.

To watch the conference, follow this link: Critical Theory and the Study of Religion Conference

For the London Academy of Iranian Studies, the publisher of IPJ, see: London Academy of Iranian Studies

Exclusive Identity Ideology and Politics: Then and Now. Part 1-5

On May 7th, Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Dr. Michael R. Ott, and I engaged in a discourse with Jeremiah Morelock on the subject of “Exclusive Identity Ideology” for the Critical Theory Research Network. This discourse began as a reflection of Dr. Siebert’s biographical story “The Friendly Jewish Lady of Frankfurt,” and ventured into numerous other issues regarding nationalism, fascism, identity politics, the Alt-Right and the ongoing crisis of capitalism which has exasperated identity politics throughout the West. Videos of the discourse have been uploaded to YouTube by The Critical Theory Research Network. Please enjoy the videos and support the Critical Theory Research Network as well as the work of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, Michael R. Ott, and myself, Dustin J. Byrd.

We are planning to publish a co-authored book rooted in this discourse with Ekpyrosis Press

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