Political Secularism and Religion

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June 2023
204 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-7792-0 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-7793-7 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Political Secularism and Religion that was published in

Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities

This reprint delves into the relationship between religious leaders and movements and secular political systems. While the secularisation thesis predicted the decline of religion in both private and public life, this reprint challenges this narrative by exploring the diverse approaches of religious actors towards politics within secular systems. The reprint includes theoretical explorations and country case studies, analyzing the roles of religious leaders in the political arena of secular countries. From radical movements seeking to establish a religious state to those embracing participation in electoral processes, the authors examine the practical and prescriptive dimensions of religion's engagement with politics. With its interdisciplinary approach and timely subject matter, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the complex and dynamic relationship between religion and politics in the modern world.

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Ahmad Qābel; religious secularity; velāyat-e faqih; foqahā; Iran; twelver shīʿism; political secularism; Shīʿi theology; theocracy; hidden imām; qāʾim; age of perplexity; ḥadīth collection; founding Shīʿī scholars; religion; Islam; Islamism; populism; education; jihad; nation-building; Turkey; AKP; Erdogan; Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd; Sayyid Qutb; Abul Ala Mawdudi; divine sovereignty; Qurʾānic hermeneutics; liberalism; secularization; critique of ideologies; Islamist terrorism; violent right-wing movements; religion; minorities’ religiosity; ethnic minority; social secularism; political secularism; survival strategy; religious discourse; Hunza; Tatar; Szekler; Sami; secularism; Singapore; religion; secularity; secularism; Butrus al-Bustani; The Clarion of Syria; Arab-Islamicate world(s); political secularism; eastern Germany; church buildings; reconciliation; secular/religious divide; governance; Islam; Spain; claims-making; Islamic religious rights; secularism; religious secularity; reformist Islam; discursive democracy; Muslim politics; Islam; domestic politics; Islamists; Pakistan; secularism

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