Nation and Religion Perspectives on Europe and Asia

ISBN-10: 0691012326
ISBN-13: 9780691012322
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/2/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Does modernity make religion politically irrelevant? Conventional scholarly and popular wisdom says that it does. The prevailing view assumes that the onset of western modernity--characterized by the rise of nationalism, the dominance of capitalism, and the emergence of powerful state institutions--favors secularism and relegates religion to the purely private realm. This collection of essays on nationalism and religion in Europe and Asia challenges that view. Contributors show that religion and politics are mixed together in complex and vitally important ways not just in the East, but in the West as well. The book focuses on four societies: India, Japan, Britain, and the Netherlands. It shows that religion and nationalism in these societies combined to produce such notions as the nation being chosen for a historical task (imperialism, for example), the possibility of national revival, and political leadership as a form of salvation. The volume also examines the qualities of religious discourse and practice that can be used for nationalist purposes, paying special attention to how religion can help to give meaning to sacrifice in national struggle. The book's comparative approach underscores that developments in colonizing and colonized countries, too often considered separately, are subtly interrelated. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Benedict R. Anderson, Talal Asad, Susan Bayly, Partha Chatterjee, Frans Groot, Harry Harootunian, Hugh McLeod, Barbara Metcalf, and Peter van Rooden.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Moral State: Religion, Nation, and Empire in Victorian Britain and British India
Protestantism and British National Identity, 1815-1945
Race in Britain and India
History, the Nation, and Religion: The Transformations of the Dutch Religious Past
On Religious and Linguistic Nationalisms: The Second Partition of Bengal
Nationalism, Modernity, and Muslim Identity in India before 1947
Memory, Mourning, and National Morality: Yasukuni Shrine and the Reunion of State and Religion in Postwar Japan
Papists and Beggars: National Festivals and Nation Building in the Netherlands during the Nineteenth Century
Religion, Nation-State, Secularism
The Goodness of Nations
Bibliography
List of Contributors
Index

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