Gods, Power, Democracy: In Conversation With John Keane

Ahmad, Irfan. 2015. “In Conversation With John Keane:Gods, Power, Democracy”. Journal of Religious and Political Practice. 1(1): 73-91.


In a wide-ranging conversation with Irfan Ahmad, John Keane, renowned political scientist and author of The Life and Death of Democracy discusses many key issues at the heart of contemporary reflections and concerns about democracy. Keane, described by The Times as a leading political thinker whose work has “world-wide importance”, sheds light on complex elationship between democracy and gods from ancient Athens to the 2014 elections in India. The conversation also dwells, inter alia, on the relations between dogs, fascism, democracy, environment, language, the “Arab Spring” and more.