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A Secular Age beyond the West

A Secular Age beyond the West

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

Mirjam Künkler, Shylashri Shankar, Philip Gorski, Zhe Ji, Helen Hardacre, Christophe Jaffrelot, Nader Hashemi, Hanna Lerner, Asli Bali, John Madeley, Gudrun Krämer, Jonathan Wyrtzen, Charles Taylor
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  • Publication planned for: December 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108417716

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  • This book traces religion and secularity in eleven countries not shaped by Western Christianity (Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and Morocco), and how they parallel or diverge from Charles Taylor's grand narrative of the North Atlantic world, A Secular Age (2007). In all eleven cases, the state - enhanced by post-colonial and post-imperial legacies - highly determines religious experience, by variably regulating religious belief, practice, property, education, and/or law. Taylor's core condition of secularity - namely, legal permissibility and social acceptance of open religious unbelief (Secularity III) - is largely absent in these societies. The areas affected by state regulation, however, differ greatly. In India, Israel and most Muslim countries, questions of religious law are central to state regulation. But it is religious education and organization in China and church property and public practice in Russia that bear the brunt. This book explains these differences using the concept of 'differential burdening'.

    • Draws from diverse case studies to answer whether, how and with what effect different patterns of secularization and different notions of secularity can be identified in cases of Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa
    • Written by global experts drawing on primary material in the original languages
    • Explores why religion plays such a major role in many societies through historical, legal, and social scientific analysis
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    Advance praise: ‘With much learning, empirical range, and analytical acuity, this rich consideration of religion's qualities and effects profoundly extends Charles Taylor's influential scholarship on the origins and character of modern secularity in the West. Placing decisions by states across the globe at the center of the often surprising formations that constitute modernity, the volume's essays powerfully show how religious institutions and faith shape the public sphere, and illuminate how systems of belief, law, and participation orient national practices and identities. Must read!' Ira Katznelson, Columbia University, New York

    Advance praise: ‘This collection of studies is a remarkably important contribution to understanding the ways in which Charles Taylor's delineation of the emergence of a secular age is, or is not, replicated in non-Western areas of the world.' David Martin, Fellow of the British Academy

    Advance praise: 'The West pioneered and to a large extent institutionalised a distinction between secular and more religious or sacred affairs. This has influenced the rest of the world, but also taken on different character in different settings, shaped by both innovations and different histories. This outstanding book is the best source for appreciating both the diversity of secularisms and the ways they all inform what Charles Taylor identified as our secular age.' Craig Calhoun, President of the Berggruen Institute, California

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    • Publication planned for: December 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108417716
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2017
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Mirjam Künkler and Shylashri Shankar
    2. Secularity I: varieties and dilemmas Philip Gorski
    3. The origins of secular public space: religion, education, and politics in modern China Zhe Ji
    4. The formation of secularism in Japan Helen Hardacre
    5. Law, legitimacy, and equality: the bureaucratization of religion and conditions of belief in Indonesia Mirjam Künkler
    6. Secularity and Hinduism's imaginaries in India Shylashri Shankar
    7. Secularity without secularism in Pakistan: the politics of Islam from Sir Syed to Zia Christophe Jaffrelot
    8. Charles Taylor's A Secular Age and secularization from below in Iran Nader Hashemi
    9. The politics of Jewish secularization in Israel Hanna Lerner
    10. A Kemalist secular age? Cultural politics and radical republicanism in Turkey Asli Bali
    11. Enigmatic variations: Russia and the three secularities John Madeley
    12. Piety, politics and identity: configurations of secularity in Egypt Gudrun Krämer
    13. The commander of the faithful and Moroccan secularity Jonathan Wyrtzen
    14. Conclusions: the prevalence of the 'marked state' Mirjam Künkler and John Madeley
    15. Afterword and corrections Charles Taylor.

  • Editors

    Mirjam Künkler, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study
    Mirjam Künkler is a senior research fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS). Before joining SCAS, she taught Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, New Jersey, where she also directed the Oxford-Princeton research cluster on 'Traditional authority and transnational religious networks in contemporary Shi'i Islam' and co-directed the Luce Program on 'Religion and International Affairs' for several years. Her publications include Democracy and Islam in Indonesia (co-edited with Alfred Stepan, 2013), and many articles, inter alia in Party Politics, CSSH, the American Behavioral Scientist, Jahrbuch des Öffentlichen Rechts, the Asian Studies Review, BJMES, Democratization, and the Cambridge Journal of Law and Religion.

    John Madeley, London School of Economics and Political Science
    John Madeley taught at the London School of Economics and Political Science for some three decades. Starting as a specialist in the government and politics of the Nordic countries, during the second half of his career he concentrated on researching and teaching the linkages between and contrasting patterns of religion and politics, especially across Europe's fifty-odd countries. In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, he edited Church and State in Contemporary Europe: The Chimera of Neutrality (with Zsolt Enyedi, 2003), Religion and Politics (2003) and Religion, Law and Politics in the European Union (with Lucian Leustean, 2010).

    Shylashri Shankar, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
    Shylashri Shankar is the author of Scaling Justice: India's Supreme Court, Anti-Terror Laws and Social Rights (2009), and co-author of Battling Corruption (2013). In the past she has been a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy and a co-convenor of a research group at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld, Germany. She is currently working on A Food Biography of India (forthcoming).

    Contributors

    Mirjam Künkler, Shylashri Shankar, Philip Gorski, Zhe Ji, Helen Hardacre, Christophe Jaffrelot, Nader Hashemi, Hanna Lerner, Asli Bali, John Madeley, Gudrun Krämer, Jonathan Wyrtzen, Charles Taylor

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