search : contact us : about us : site guide : home

  University of British Columbia Press
 Search Our Catalogue
  search by subject

 UBC Press
About UBC Press
Conferences & Events
Contact Us
Media Centre
Publishing With UBC Press
Publishers Represented
Staff Directory

Forthcoming Titles
How To Order
Recent Reviews
Review Copies

 Join Our Mailing List
Sign Up
Privacy Statement
Frequent Questions
Privacy Statement
Site Guide
Website Feedback

 Featured Title
Secular States and Religious Diversity
Bruce J. Berman   Rajeev Bhargava   André Laliberté  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 10/25/2013
ISBN: 9780774825122    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 7/1/2014
ISBN: 9780774825139    

348 Pages

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance series


About the Book

Contemporary nation-states have seen the rise of religious pluralism within their borders, brought about by global migration and the challenge of radical religious movements. Secular States and Religious Diversity explores the meaning of secularism and religious freedom in these new contexts. The contributors chart the impact of globalization, the varying forms of secularism in Western states, and the different kinds of relations between states and religious institutions in the historical traditions and contemporary politics of Islamic, Indic, and Chinese societies. They also examine the limitations and dilemmas of governmental responses to religious diversity, and grapple with the question of how secular states deal (and should deal) with such pluralism. This volume brings in perspectives from the non-Western world and engages with viewpoints that might increase states’ capacities to accommodate religious diversity positively.

About the Author(s)

Bruce J. Berman is a professor emeritus of political studies at Queen’s University, and was director of the Ethnicity and Democratic Governance project from 2006 to 2012. Rajeev Bhargava is a senior fellow at and director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi. André Laliberté is a professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa.

Contributors: Yasmeen Abu-Laban, Lori G. Beaman, Peter Beyer, Paul Bramadat, Elinor Bray-Collins, Claude Couture, Anna Drake, Ahmet T. Kuru, Rinku Lamba, Manuel Litalien, David Seljak

Table of Contents


Introduction: Globalization, Secular States, and Religious Diversity / Bruce J. Berman, Rajeev Bhargava, and André Laliberté

Part 1: Historical and Theoretical Approaches
1 Religious Pluralism as a Self-Evident Problem in the Context of Globalization / Peter Beyer
2 Secular Modernity, Religion, and the Politics of Knowledge / Bruce J. Berman
3 Can Secularism Be Rehabilitated? / Rajeev Bhargava

Part 2: Secularisms in the West
4 Between Secularism and Postsecularism: A Canadian Interregnum / Paul Bramadat and David Seljak
5 Tolerance and Accommodation as Vestiges of the Empire / Lori G. Beaman
6 In God We Trust? Secular States, Diversity, and the "Clash" within North America / Yasmeen Abu-Laban and Claude Couture
7 Ideologies, Institutions, and Laws: Religious Freedom in Secular States / Ahmet T. Kuru

Part 3: Secularisms beyond the West
8 State Intervention in the Reform of a "Religion of Rules": An Analysis of the Views of B.R. Ambedkar / Rinku Lamba
9 Something Got Lost in Translation: From "Secularism" to "Separation between Politics and Religion" in Taiwan / André Laliberté
10 The Changing State Monopoly on Religion and Secular Views in Thailand / Manuel Litalien
11 State-Society Structures and the Frustration of Movements for Secular Reforms in Lebanon: Civil Marriage and Youth Activism / Elinor Bray-Collins

Conclusion: Secularism, Religious Diversity, and Democratic Politic / Anna Drake



Sample Chapter

Sample Chapter [PDF]

Related Topics

Political Science

Other Ways To Order

In Canada, order your copy of Secular States and Religious Diversity from UTP Distribution at:

UTP Distribution
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3H 5T8

Phone orders: 1(800)565-9523 or (416)667-7791
Fax orders: 1(800)221-9985 or (416)667-7832

Ordering information for customers outside Canada

© 2001 UBC Press
2029 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z2
t. 604.822.5959 | f. 604.822.6083 | e.
Vancouver Web Design by Internet-Exposure