Rethinking Secularism

ISBN-10: 0199796688

ISBN-13: 9780199796687

Edition: 2011

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Description: This collection of essays presents groundbreaking work from an interdisciplinary group of leading theorists and scholars representing the fields of history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The volume will introduce readers to some of the most compelling new conceptual and theoretical understandings of secularism and the secular, while also examining socio-political trends involving the relationship between the religious and the secular from a variety of locations across the globe. In recent decades, the public has become increasingly aware of the important role religious commitments play in the cultural, social, and political dynamics of domestic and world affairs. This so called ''resurgence'' of religion in the public sphere has elicited a wide array of responses, including vehement opposition to the very idea that religious reasons should ever have a right to expression in public political debate. The current global landscape forces scholars to reconsider not only once predominant understandings of secularization, but also the definition and implications of secular assumptions and secularist positions. The notion that there is no singular secularism, but rather a range of multiple secularisms, is one of many emerging efforts to reconceptualize the meanings of religion and the secular. Rethinking Secularism surveys these efforts and helps to reframe discussions of religion in the social sciences by drawing attention to the central issue of how ''the secular'' is constituted and understood. It provides valuable insight into how new understandings of secularism and religion shape analytic perspectives in the social sciences, politics, and international affairs.

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/12/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Contributors
Introduction
Western Secularity
The Secular, Secularizations, Secularisms
Secularism, Citizenship, and the Public Sphere
Rehabilitating Secularism
The Multiple Secularisms of Modern Democratic and Non-Democratic Regimes
Civilizational States, Secularisms, and Religions
A Suspension of (Dis) Belief: The Secular-Religious Binary and the Study of International Relations
Rethinking the Secular and Religious Aspects of Violence
Religious Humanitarianism and the Global Politics of Secularism
Rethinking Fundamentalism in a Secular Age
Secularism, Religious Change, and Social Conflict in Asia
Smash Temples, Burn Books: Comparing Secularist Projects in India and China
Freedom of Speech and Religious Limitations
Index
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