Secular States, Religious Politics India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

Secular States, Religious Politics India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

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Sumantra Bose
Cambridge University Press, 5/3/2018
EAN 9781108472036, ISBN10: 1108472036

Hardcover, 388 pages, 23.5 x 15.8 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

A pioneering comparative study of the two major attempts to build secular states - where the state's constitutional identity and fundamental character are not based on or derived from any religious faith - in the non-Western world. This book explains the origins, evolution and latterly the decline of secularism as a core principle of the state in India and Turkey. The anti-secular political transformations of the twenty-first century are the rise of a Sunni-Islamist definition of Turkish national identity to hegemonic power, and Hindu nationalism as India's pre-eminent political force. Both secular-state models adopted a similar operational doctrine of state intervention in and regulation of the religious sphere, rather than a Western-style separation of church and state. But, Turkish state-secularism took a culturally deracinated and harshly authoritarian form that led to its failure, whereas India's secular state - though flawed in practice - followed a culturally rooted and democratic path that makes secularism indispensable to India's future.

1. The discontents of secularism
2. Paths to the secular state
3. Paradoxes of the secular state
4. India
the anti-secularist ascendancy
5. Turkey
the anti-secularist triumph
6. Secular and anti-secular authoritarianisms
i. The case of Kemalism ii. The case of Hindu-nationalism
7. The futures of secularism