Contesting Secularism

Author: Anders Berg-Sørensen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317160231
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As we enter the twenty-first century, the role of religion within civic society has become an issue of central concern across the world. The complex trends of secularism, multiculturalism and the rise of religiously motivated violence raise fundamental questions about the relationship between political institutions, civic culture and religious groups. Contesting Secularism represents a major intervention into this debate. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars from across the world it analyses how secularism functions as a political doctrine in different national contexts put under pressure by globalisation. In doing so it presents different models for the relationship between political institutions and religious groups, challenging the reader to be more aware of assumptions within their own cultural context, and raises alternative possibilities for the structure of democratic, multi-faith societies. Through its inter-disciplinary and comparative approach, Contesting Secularism sets a new agenda for thinking about the place of religion in the public sphere of twenty-first century societies. It is essential reading for policymakers, as well as for scholars and students in political science, law, sociology and religious studies.

Secularism assimilation and the crisis of multiculturalism

Author: Yolande Jansen
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
ISBN: 9048522137
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This remarkable study develops a theoretical critique of contemporary discourses on secularism and assimilation, arguing that the perspective of assimilating distinct religious minorities by incorporating them into a secular and supposedly neutral public sphere may be self-subverting. To flesh out this insight, Jansen draws on the paradoxes of assimilation as experienced by the French Jews in the late 19th century through a contextualised reading of Proust's In Search of Lost Time. She proposes a dynamic, critical multiculturalism as an alternative to discourses focusing on secularism, assimilation and integration.

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism

Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199988455
Format: PDF
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As recent headlines reveal, conflicts and debates around the world more and more frequently involve secularism. National borders and traditional religions can no longer keep people in tidy boxes anymore as political struggles, doctrinal divergences, and demographic trends sweep across regionsand entire continents. Secularity is increasing in society, with a growing number of people in many regions having no religious affiliation or lacking interest in religion. Simultaneously, there is a resurgence of religious participation in the politics of many countries. How might these diversephenomena be interrelated, and better understood? The Oxford Handbook of Secularism offers a wide-ranging examination of secularism on a global scale, bringing together an international collection of views from prominent experts in a variety of fields. This volume reflects the impressive level of academic attention now given to secularism acrossthe humanities, social sciences, law and public policy, and international relations. Long-reigning theories about the pace of secularization, and ideal church-state relations, are here scrutinized by a new generation of scholars studying secularism with new questions, better data, and freshperspectives.This is the essential volume for comprehending the core issues and methodological approaches to the demographics and sociology of secularity; the history and variety of political secularisms; the comparison of constitutional secularisms across countries spanning from America to Asia; the keyproblems now convulsing church-state relations; the intersections of liberalism, multiculturalism, and religion; the latest psychological research into secular lives and lifestyles; and the naturalistic and humanistic worldviews available to nonreligious people. The Oxford Handbook of Secularismaddresses a wide breadth of interrelated issues and problems from multi-disciplinary stances, covering scholarly territory not addressed previously.

Mein fremder Bruder

Author: Tahmima Anam
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3458751106
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Wie kann es sein, daß der eigene Bruder plötzlich nur noch die Regeln Allahs befolgt? Daß er den eigenen Sohn vernachlässigt, weil er glaubt, daß Gott es so will? Als Maya Haque nach vielen Jahren zu ihrer Familie nach Dhaka zurückkehrt, versteht sie die Welt nicht mehr. Sohail, ihr geliebter Bruder, einst ein fortschrittlich denkender junger Mann und wie sie flammender Kämpfer für die Freiheit Bangladeschs, hat sich in einen strenggläubigen Moslem verwandelt. Mayas Elternhaus ist zum Ort fundamentalistischen Wahns geworden, und Sohail verbietet seinem Sohn Zaid den Besuch einer weltlichen Schule. Aber auch in Mayas Leben hat sich viel verändert. Als Ärztin auf dem Land mußte sie erfahren, wie brutal Frauen unterdrückt werden, wie stark der dumpfe Aberglaube der Dorfbevölkerung nach wie vor ist. Die Greuel des Unabhängigkeitskrieges haben bei allen tiefe Spuren hinterlassen: den unzähligen vergewaltigten Frauen, den traumatisierten jungen Kämpfern. Maya nimmt sich des vernachlässigten kleinen Zaids an. Aber als Sohail Zaid auf eine entfernte Koranschule schickt, wo er mißhandelt wird, ist für Maya das Maß voll.

Religion in Britain

Author: Grace Davie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119004314
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Religion in Britain evaluates and sheds light on thereligious situation in twenty-first century Britain; it exploresthe country’s increasing secularity alongsidereligion’s growing presence in public debate, and the impactof this paradox on Britain’s society. Describes and explains the religious situation in twenty-firstcentury Britain Based on the highly successful Religion in Britain Since1945 (Blackwell, 1994) but extensively revised with themajority of the text re-written to reflect the currentsituation Investigates the paradox of why Britain has become increasinglysecular and how religion is increasingly present in public debatecompared with 20 years ago Explores the impact this paradox has on churches, faithcommunities, the law, politics, education, and welfare

Contesting Cultural Authority

Author: Frank M. Turner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521372572
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A volume of essays which constitutes a major overview of the Victorian intellectual enterprise.

Muslim Societies and the Challenge of Secularization An Interdisciplinary Approach

Author: Gabriele Marranci
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789048133628
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Scholars from various disciplines worked together to present the first interdisciplinary book to address the issue of Islam, secularism and globalization. The book has a clear structure which represents its interdisciplinary approach: the first section addresses the philosophical and historical discussion about Islam and secularism; the second section discusses the topic from an ethnographical and social anthropological viewpoint; and the final section addresses Islam, secularism and globalization from a political viewpoint. This unique collection not only offers innovative research and new material, it also provides empirical examples and theoretical debates, and could therefore also be used as a textbook for courses on Islam, globalization, anthropology, politics, sociology and law.

Contesting the Nation

Author: David Ludden
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812215854
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Animated by a sense of urgency that was heightened by the massive violence following the destruction of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, Contesting the Nation explores Hindu majoritarian politics over the last century and its dramatic reformulation during the decline of the Congress Party in the 1980s.

Ein s kulares Zeitalter

Author: Charles Taylor
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 3518740407
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Was heißt es, daß wir heute in einem säkularen Zeitalter leben? Was ist geschehen zwischen 1500 – als Gott noch seinen festen Platz im naturwissenschaftlichen Kosmos, im gesellschaftlichen Gefüge und im Alltag der Menschen hatte – und heute, da der Glaube an Gott, jedenfalls in der westlichen Welt, nur noch eine Option unter vielen ist? Um diesen Wandel zu bestimmen und in seinen Folgen für die gegenwärtige Gesellschaft auszuloten, muß die große Geschichte der Säkularisierung in der nordatlantischen Welt von der frühen Neuzeit bis in die Gegenwart erzählt werden – ein herkulisches Unterfangen, dem sich der kanadische Philosoph Charles Taylor in seinem mit Spannung erwarteten neuen Buch stellt. Mit einem Fokus auf dem »lateinischen Christentum«, dem vorherrschenden Glauben in Europa, rekonstruiert er in geradezu verschwenderischem Detail die entscheidenden Entwicklungslinien in den Naturwissenschaften, der Philosophie, der Staats- und Rechtstheorie und in den Künsten. Dem berühmten Diktum von der wissenschaftlich-technischen »Entzauberung der Welt« und anderen eingeschliffenen Säkularisierungstheorien setzt er die These entgegen, daß es die Religion selbst war, die das Säkulare hervorgebracht hat, und entfaltet eine komplexe Mentalitätsgeschichte des modernen Subjekts, das heute im Niemandsland zwischen Glauben und Atheismus gefangen ist.