This book highlights the relationship between the state and religion in India and Europe. It problematizes the idea of secularism and questions received ideas about secularism. It also looks at how Europe and India can learn from each other about negotiating religious space and identity in this globalised post-9/11 world.
Foreword Winand M Callewaert. Introduction P r Losonczi and Walter Van Herck. Part I: Secularism: Conceptualising Contexts: The Secularism and Post-Secularism Debates in India and Europe. 1. Secularism: The Life and Times of a Difficult Concept Neera Chandhoke. 2. Contextualizing Secularism: The Relationship between State and Religion in India Gurpreet Mahajan 3. Beyond Moderate Secularism Rajeev Bhargava 4. Secularism in Plural Post-colonial Democracies: Is Liberal Toleration Enough? Valentina Gentile 5. Religion, Pluralism, Politics: Case for an Inter-Contextual Study on Europe and India P r Losonczi Part II: Contextualising Concepts: Between Secularism and Democracy in Europe, India, and Beyond 6. Religious Political Parties in Europe and India Veit Bader 7. Secular Pluralism in India: Lessons for Europe? Eva Pf`stl 8. Secularism and the Spirit of Capitalism Torkel Brekke 9. Sri Lankan Postcoloniality, Secular Time, Future of Democracy Ananda Abeysekara 10. Shaping Secularism through the Judiciary in Nepal: Case Studies from the Kathmandu Supreme Court Chiara Letizia
Peter Losonczi is Associate Researcher, Centre for Metaphysics and Philosophy of Culture, Belgium. Walter Van Herck is Associate Professor, University of Antwerp, Department of Philosophy, Belgium.