Secularism and Religion-Making

Paperback | September 7, 2011

EditorMarkus Dressler, Arvind Mandair

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This book conceives of "religion-making" broadly as the multiple ways in which social and cultural phenomena are configured and reconfigured within the matrix of a world-religion discourse that is historically and semantically rooted in particular Western and predominantly Christianexperiences, knowledges, and institutions. It investigates how religion is universalized and certain ideas, social formations, and practices rendered "religious" are thus integrated in and subordinated to very particular - mostly liberal-secular - assumptions about the relationship between history,politics, and religion. The individual contributions, written by a new generation of scholars with decisively interdisciplinary approaches, examine the processes of translation and globalization of historically specific concepts and practices of religion - and its dialectical counterpart, the secular - into new contexts.This volume contributes to the relatively new field of thought that aspires to unravel the thoroughly intertwined relationships between religion and secularism as modern concepts.

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This book conceives of "religion-making" broadly as the multiple ways in which social and cultural phenomena are configured and reconfigured within the matrix of a world-religion discourse that is historically and semantically rooted in particular Western and predominantly Christianexperiences, knowledges, and institutions. It investig...

Markus Dressler is Assistant Professor in the Department for Humanities and Social Sciences at Istanbul Technical University. Arvind Mandair is S.B.S.C. Assistant Professor in Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 7, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019978292X

ISBN - 13:9780199782925

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1. Arvind Mandair, Markus Dressler: Introduction: Modernity, Religion-Making, and the Postsecular2. Richard King: Imagining Religions in India: Colonialism and the Mapping of South Asian History and Culture3. Arvind Mandair: Translations of Violence: Secularism and Religion-Making in the Discourses of Sikh Nationalism4. Ruth Mas: On the Apocalyptic Tones of Islam in Secular Time5. Brian Goldstone: Secularism, "Religious Violence," and the Liberal Imaginary6. Kerry Mitchell: The Politics of Spirituality: Liberalizing the Definition of Religion7. Rosemary Hicks: Comparative Religion and the Cold War Transformation of Indo-Persian 'Mysticism' into Liberal Islamic Modernity8. Greg Johnson: Apache Revelation: Making Indigenous Religion in the Legal Sphere9. Markus Dressler: Making Religion through Secularist Legal Discourse: The Case of Turkish Alevism10. Mark Elmore: Bloody Boundaries: Animal Sacrifice and the Labor of Religion11. Alicia Turner: Religion Making and Its Failures: Turning Monasteries into Schools and Buddhism in a Religion in Colonial Burma12. Michael Nijhawan: Precarious Presences, Hallucinatory Times: Configurations of Religious Otherness in German Leitkulturalist Discourse