Rethinking Secularism

Paperback | August 26, 2011

EditorCraig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer, Jonathan VanAntwerpen

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This collection of essays presents groundbreaking work from an interdisciplinary group of leading theorists and scholars representing the fields of history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The volume will introduce readers to some of the most compelling newconceptual and theoretical understandings of secularism and the secular, while also examining socio-political trends involving the relationship between the religious and the secular from a variety of locations across the globe.In recent decades, the public has become increasingly aware of the important role religious commitments play in the cultural, social, and political dynamics of domestic and world affairs. This so called 'resurgence' of religion in the public sphere has elicited a wide array of responses, includingvehement opposition to the very idea that religious reasons should ever have a right to expression in public political debate. The current global landscape forces scholars to reconsider not only once predominant understandings of secularization, but also the definition and implications of secularassumptions and secularist positions. The notion that there is no singular secularism, but rather a range of multiple secularisms, is one of many emerging efforts to reconceptualize the meanings of religion and the secular.Rethinking Secularism surveys these efforts and helps to reframe discussions of religion in the social sciences by drawing attention to the central issue of how 'the secular' is constituted and understood. It provides valuable insight into how new understandings of secularism and religion shapeanalytic perspectives in the social sciences, politics, and international affairs.

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This collection of essays presents groundbreaking work from an interdisciplinary group of leading theorists and scholars representing the fields of history, philosophy, political science, sociology, and anthropology. The volume will introduce readers to some of the most compelling newconceptual and theoretical understandings of secular...

Craig Calhoun is President of the Social Science Research Council, University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University, and Founding Director of NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge. Mark Juergensmeyer is Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Affiliate Professor ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.91 inPublished:August 26, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsCraig Calhoun, Mark Juergensmeyer, Jonathan VanAntwerpen: Introduction1. Charles Taylor: Western Secularity2. Jose Casanova: The Secular, Secularizations, Secularisms3. Craig Calhoun: Secularism, Citizenship, and the Public Sphere4. Rajeev Bhargava: Rehabilitating Secularism5. Alfred C. Stepan: The Multiple Secularisms of Modern Democracies and Autocracies6. Peter Katzenstein: Civilizational States, Secularisms, Religions7. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd: A Suspension of (Dis)Belief: The Secular-Religious Binary and the Study of International Relations8. Mark Juergensmeyer: Rethinking the Secular and Religious Aspects of Violence9. Cecelia Lynch: Religious Humanitarianism and the Global Politics of Secularism10. R. Scott Appleby: Rethinking Fundamentalism in a Secular Age11. Richard Madsen: Secularism, Religious Change, and Social Conflict in Asia12. Peter van der Veer: Smash temples, Burn Books: Comparing Secularist Projects in India and China13. Talal Asad: Freedom of Speech and Religious Limitations