Exploring the viability of new perspectives on secularisation and the idea of postsecularism, this book reflects on their relevance when considered in the context of different societies within and outside the West.
The topic of secularisation has been recently reconsidered by prominent theorists, such as Jürgen Habermas, Talal Asad, Charles Taylor and José Casanova. Offering a comparative critique of postsecularism, the contributors extend the discourse on postsecularism to include non-Western experiences, providing comprehensive perspectives on the role of religion in the public sphere and considering the validity of the concept of postsecularism. Drawn from a variety of disciplines, the contributors articulate a coherent analysis of the role of religion in the public sphere from a perspective that engages in the envisaged dialogue.
This insightful book will be important for those researching secularism and postsecularism, especially from a non-Western perspective and it will also be of interest to scholars working on Politics and Religion in general, Political Philosophy and African Studies.
Chapter 1: The Aporias of Global Democracy
Chapter 2: Religion’s Public Sphere: Postsecularism and The World Society
Chapter 3: Beyond Legislative Post-secularism in the West: Custom and Constitution in an African Context
Chapter 4: To be Secular and Neutral: The Challenge of Religion in South Africa
Enyinna S. Nwauche
Chapter 5: Religion, Culture and Secularism: Beyond the Western Paradigm
Chapter 6: Superstition and Modernity: The Conflict Thesis, Secularization Thesis and Anti-Catholicism
Scott E. Hendrix
Chapter 7: Religion and the Postsecular: Reflection on the Indian Experience
Chapter 8: ‘God Reloaded’: The Pentecostal Political Transgression and Africa’s Non-secularity
This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).
The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.
Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.
In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.