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

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Binding Paperback
Language English
Number Of Pages 392
Author Sumantra Bose
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Isbn-10 1108454860
Isbn-13 9781108454865
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Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

Sumantra Bose's Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism

This book is a pioneering Comparative study of the two major attempts to build secular states – where the constitutional identity and fundamental character of the state are not based on or derived from any Religious faith – in the non-Western world. A few decades ago, the secular nature of the republics of India and Turkey was considered axiomatic. Not so any more. Alternative, anti-secular visions of nationhood have risen decisively from the political margins to centre-stage and won state power in both countries. The secular definition of nationhood has effectively been replaced by a Sunni-Islamist majoritarian definition in Turkey, where the secular state is dead in all but name. In India, majoritarian Hindu nationalism has emerged as by far the country’s single largest political force, and the Future of India’s secular state is in the balance. It explains the political transformations of India and Turkey with deep insight and exceptional clarity. It shows the similarity of the two non-Western secular states in not being based on a Western-style principle of separation of church and state, but rather on an operational doctrine of state intervention in and regulation of the Religious sphere. At the same time, the Work highlights the very different motives behind the establishment of secular states in the two cases, and demonstrates that while state-secularism took a culturally deracinated and deeply authoritarian form in Turkey, it assumed a culturally rooted and democratic form in India. The author critiques the flaws of what he calls India’s ‘really existing’ secular state, but argues that unlike the fatally flawed Turkish model, secularism retains relevance in the Indian context and is indispensable to its Future as a democracy. In a lucid, accessible style, Secular States, Religious Politics combines encyclopaedic knowledge of the cases with a sophisticated Comparative framework. Its subject, and argument, are extremely topical to the times we live in. Key Features The first-ever Comparative study of the ‘secular states’ of India and Turkey, the two most significant attempts to build secular states in the non-Western World in the 20th century. It illuminates the origins, evolution and decline of secularism as a core principle of the state in the two Countries Combines encyclopaedic knowledge of both India and Turkey with a lucid writing style and a sophisticated framework of Comparative analysis that brings out the similarities and the differences between the two ‘secular-state’ projects A gripping, highly topical narrative of political change in Contemporary India, the world’s most populous and complex democracy, and Turkey, a large and pivotal country in the Middle East. Essential for understanding the nature and the rise of Hindu nationalism in India, and the consolidation of the Erdogan regime in Turkey
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This book has been written by Sumantra Bose, who has written books like Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism,Bosnia After Dayton: Nationalist Partition and International Intervention. The books are written in Political Ideologies,History category. This book is read by people who are interested in reading books in category : Political Ideologies. So, if you want to explore books similar to This book, you must read and buy this book.

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