Images of the World: Essays on Religion, Secularism, and Culture

Paperback | July 15, 2008

byT.N. Madan

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This collection of essays engages with the persistence of religion in the modern world, the rise of processes of rationalization, secularization, and cultural change. It argues that the rise of religion as a faith and as a political ideology made the last century a short one. Expectations ofthe decline of religion were never fulfilled. In these circumstances freedom of religion and religious pluralism acquired great salience. Secularism has been viewed critically and some forms of it have turned out to be seriously flawed. The volume further argues that the relationship betweenfundamentalism and secularism is more complex than previously imagined and not merely one of antagonism.

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This collection of essays engages with the persistence of religion in the modern world, the rise of processes of rationalization, secularization, and cultural change. It argues that the rise of religion as a faith and as a political ideology made the last century a short one. Expectations ofthe decline of religion were never fulfilled....

T.N. Madan is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:410 pages, 8.03 × 5.12 × 0.87 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePart I: Religion and Secularism1. Religion in the Modern World2. Freedom of Religion3. Secularism in its Place4. Secularism in India: Predicaments and Prospects5. Secularism Revisited: Doctrine of Destiny or Political Ideology?Part II: Religious and Secular Identities6. The Dialectic of Religion and Ethnicity in Bangladesh, Punjab, and Kashmir7. Kashmir, Kashmiris, KashmiriyatPart III: Religious Traditions and Values8. India's Religious Traditions: Some Conceptual Categories9. The Householder Tradition in Hindu Society10. 10. Dying with Dignity11. The Sociology of Hinduism: Reading Backwards from Srinivas to WeberPart IV: Cultural Traditions and Conceptual Categories12. Holism and Individualism: Louis Dumont on India and the West13. The Private and the Public: Considerations of Cultural ContextIndex