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Tolerance, Secularization and Democratic Politics in South Asia

Tolerance, Secularization and Democratic Politics in South Asia

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Cambridge University Press, 7/19/2018
EAN 9781108428545, ISBN10: 1108428541

Hardcover, 224 pages, 22.3 x 15.3 x 1.7 cm
Language: English
Originally published in English

What is the relationship between secularization and tolerance? Critically analyzing the empirical and theoretical foundations of a putatively linear relationship between the two, this volume argues for moving past both romanticised readings of pre-modern tolerance and the unthinking belief that secularization will inevitably lead to tolerance. The essays collected in this volume include contributions from across South Asia that suggest that democratic politics have added a layer of complexity to questions of peaceful co-existence. Modern transformations in religious thought and practice have had contradictory implications for tolerance, which offer rich insights into contemporary debates in the region. This multi-disciplinary volume, which spans history, sociology, anthropology and political theory, questions the uncritical acceptance of tolerance as the best framework for engaging with difference, and probes the complications created by and through democratic politics.

1. Introduction Humeira Iqtidar and Tanika Sarkar
2. Languages of secularity Sudipta Kaviraj
3. Secularization of politics
Muslim nationalism and sectarian conflict in South Asia Sadia Saeed
4. Temple building in secularizing Nepal
materializing religion and ethnicity in a state of transformation Sara Shneiderman
5. Secularization and 'constitutive moments'
insights from partition diplomacy in South Asia Joya Chatterji
6. Tolerance in Bangladesh
discourses of state and society Samia Huq
7. In the void of faith
Sunnyata, sovereignty, minority Aishwary Kumar
8. Pillayar and the politicians
secularization and toleration at the end of Sri Lanka's Civil War Jonathan Spencer.