Beyond the Secular West (Religion, Culture, and Public Life)

Beyond the Secular West (Religion, Culture, and Public Life)


What is the nature of secularism in nations that weren't pervaded by way of Christianity, akin to China, India, and the countries of the center East? To what quantity is the secular an imposition of colonial rule? How does secularism comport with neighborhood non secular cultures in Africa, and the way does it paintings with neighborhood sorts of strength and governance in Latin the USA? Has glossy secularism developed organically, or is it even worthwhile, and has it usually intended development?

A very important extension of Charles Taylor's an earthly Age, during which he exhaustively chronicled the emergence of secularism in Latin Christendom, this anthology applies Taylor's findings to secularism's worldwide 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 one discover the transformation of Western secularism past Europe, and the gathering closes with Taylor's reaction to every essay. What all started as a contemporary response to―as good as a obdurate extension of―Latin Christendom has develop into a fancy export formed by means of the world's spiritual and political structures. Brilliantly alternating among highbrow and methodological ways, this quantity fosters a better engagement with the phenomenon throughout disciplines.

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