Beyond the Secular West

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

EditorAkeel Bilgrami

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What is the character of secularism in countries that were not pervaded by Christianity, such as China, India, and the nations of the Middle East? To what extent is the secular an imposition of colonial rule? How does secularism comport with local religious cultures in Africa, and how does it work with local forms of power and governance in Latin America? Has modern secularism evolved organically, or is it even necessary, and has it always meant progress?

A vital extension of Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, in which he exhaustively chronicled the emergence of secularism in Latin Christendom, this anthology applies Taylor's findings to secularism's global migration. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im, Rajeev Bhargava, Akeel Bilgrami, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Sudipta Kaviraj, Claudio Lomnitz, Alfred Stepan, Charles Taylor, and Peter van der Veer each explore the transformation of Western secularism beyond Europe, and the collection closes with Taylor's response to each essay. What began as a modern reaction to-as well as a stubborn extension of-Latin Christendom has become a complex export shaped by the world's religious and political systems. Brilliantly alternating between intellectual and methodological approaches, this volume fosters a greater engagement with the phenomenon across disciplines.

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What is the character of secularism in countries that were not pervaded by Christianity, such as China, India, and the nations of the Middle East? To what extent is the secular an imposition of colonial rule? How does secularism comport with local religious cultures in Africa, and how does it work with local forms of power and governa...

Akeel Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy and a professor on the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. His books include Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom? (Columbia University Press, 2014); Secularism, Identity, and Enchantment (2014); Self-Knowledge and Resentment (2012); and Belief and Meaning (...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231170807

ISBN - 13:9780231170802

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Preface, by Akeel Bilgrami1. Can Secularism Travel?, by Charles Taylor2. The Sufi and the State, by Souleymane Bachir Diagne3. The Individual and Collective Self-Liberation Model of Ustadh Mahmoud Mohamed Taha, by Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im4. Creating Democratically Friendly Twin Tolerations Outside of Latin Christendom: Tunisia, by Alfred Stepan5. Secularism and the Mexican Revolution, by Claudio Lomnitz6. Is Confucianism Secular?, by Peter van der Veer7. Disenchantment Deferred, by Sudipta Kaviraj8. An Ancient Indian Secular Age?, by Rajeev Bhargava9. Gandhi's Radicalism: An Interpretation, by Akeel Bilgrami10. A Secular Age Outside Latin Christendom: Charles Taylor Responds, by Charles TaylorList of ContributorsIndex

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This volume responds to Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. Framed with an introduction and responses by Charles Taylor, the essays explore how Taylor's work applies to cultures beyond Western Latin Christendom.... Highly recommended.