Secularism and State Policies Toward Religion The United States, France, and Turkey

ISBN-10: 0521741343
ISBN-13: 9780521741347
Edition: 2008
Authors: Ahmet T. Kuru
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Description: Why do secular states pursue different policies toward religion? This book provides a generalizable argument about the impact of ideological struggles on the public policy making process, as well as a state-religion regimes index of 197 countries.  More...

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List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/20/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Why do secular states pursue different policies toward religion? This book provides a generalizable argument about the impact of ideological struggles on the public policy making process, as well as a state-religion regimes index of 197 countries. More specifically, it analyzes why American state policies are largely tolerant of religion, whereas French and Turkish policies generally prohibit its public visibility, as seen in their bans on Muslim headscarves. In the United States, the dominant ideology is "passive secularism," which requires the state to play a passive role, to be neutral toward religions and non-religion. Dominant ideology in France and Turkey is "assertive secularism," which demands that the state play an assertive role in excluding religion from the public sphere. Passive and assertive secularism became dominant in these cases through particular historical processes, particularly the presence or absence of an ancien r_gime based on the marriage between monarchy and hegemonic religion during state-building periods.

List of Figures and Tables
Glossary of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Analyzing Secularism: History, Ideology, and Policy
The United States
Passive Secularism and the Christian Right's Challenge (1981-2008)
Religious Diversity and the Evolution of Passive Secularism (1776-1981)
France
Assertive Secularism and the Multiculturalist Challenge (1989-2008)
The War of Two Frances and the Rise of Assertive Secularism (1789-1989)
Turkey
Assertive Secularism and the Islamic Challenge (1997-2008)
Westernization and the Emergence of Assertive Secularism (1826-1997)
Conclusion
State-Religion Regimes Index of 197 Countries
Human Development and Official Religion in 176 Countries
State-Religion Regimes in Forty-Six Muslim Countries
Turkey's National Security Council Decisions, February 28, 1997
Bibliography
Index

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