Religion and Its Others, de Gryuter
Studies in Religion,
Nonreligion, and Secularity
Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age
de Gruyter, 2015, 375
Hrsg. v. Rectenwald, Michael / Almeida,
Rochelle / Levine, George
Global Secularisms addresses the state of and prospects for secularism
globally. Drawing from multiple fields, it brings together theoretical
discussion and empirical case studies that illustrate ""on-the-ground,""
extant secularisms as they interact with various religious, political,
social, and economic contexts. Its point of departure is the fact that
secularism is plural and that various secularisms have developed in
various contexts and from various traditions around the world.
Secularism takes on different social meanings and political valences
wherever it is expressed. The essays collected here provide numerous
points of contact between empirical case studies and theoretical
reflection. This multiplicity informs and challenges the conceptual
theorization of secularism as a universal doctrine. Analyses of
different regions enrich our understanding of the meanings of
secularism, providing comparative range to our notions of secularity.
Theoretical treatments help to inform our understanding of secularism in
context, enabling readers to discern what is at stake in the various
regional expressions of secularity globally. While the bulk of the
essays are case-based research, the current thinking of leading
theorists and scholars is also included.
Multiple Secularities Beyond the West
Religion and Modernity in the Global Age
de Gruyter, 2015, 317 Seiten,
Hrsg. v. Burchardt, Marian / Wohlrab-Sahr, Monika / Middell,
Questions of secularity and modernity have become globalized, but most
studies still focus on the West. This volume breaks new ground by
comparatively exploring developments in five areas of the world, some of
which were hitherto situated at the margins of international scholarly
discussions: Africa, the Arab World, East Asia, South Asia, and Central
and Eastern Europe.
In theoretical terms, the
book examines three key dimensions of modern secularity: historical
pathways, cultural meanings, and global entanglements of secular
formations. The contributions show how differences in these dimensions
are linked to specific histories of religious and ethnic diversity,
processes of state-formation and nation-building. They also reveal how
secularities are critically shaped through civilizational encounters,
processes of globalization, colonial conquest, and missionary movements,
and how entanglements between different territorially grounded notions
of secularity or between local cultures and transnational secular arenas
unfold over time.