Authors Meet Critics: Mirjam Künkler, John Madeley and Shylashri Shankar's A Secular Age Beyond the West. Religion, Law and the State in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Monday, 16 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC56 Historical Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

The book traces the experiences of religion and secularity in eleven countries not primarily shaped by Western Christianity (Japan, China, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and Morocco), and examines how the status of religion and the emergence of secularity have evolved in the course of the 20th century in these societies. All chapters do so in conversation with Charles Taylor’s grand narrative of the North Atlantic world in his A Secular Age (2007). The case studies indicate that in all eleven cases, the state – building on colonial and imperial legacies – highly determined religious experience, by variably regulating religious belief, practice, property, education, and/or law. The book identifies the major critical junctures and path dependencies that have led to the various levels of religious regulation and discusses the consequences of these for the possible emergence of something approaching Taylor’s core condition of secularity – namely, the social acceptance of open religious unbelief (Secularity III). The discussants will engage with the book's main theses from the perspective of their own work on the topic.
Session Organizer:
Armando SALVATORE, McGill University, Canada
Yoshihide SAKURAI, Hokkaido University, Japan, Marian BURCHARDT, Inst Study Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Germany and Bjorn WITTROCK, S, Sweden
Oral Presentations
Bryan TURNER, Catholic University Melbourne, Australia; Marian BURCHARDT, Inst Study Religious & Ethnic Diversity, Germany; Yoshihide SAKURAI, Hokkaido University, Japan; Bjorn WITTROCK, S, Sweden; Shalini RANDERIA, IWM Vienna, Switzerland