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By Akeel Bilgrami

What is the nature of secularism in nations that weren't pervaded by means of Christianity, akin to China, India, and the countries of the center East? To what volume is the secular an imposition of colonial rule? Has smooth secularism developed organically, or is it even important, and has it usually intended development? How does secularism comport with neighborhood non secular cultures in Africa, and the way does it paintings with neighborhood different types of strength and governance in Latin America?

A important extension of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, within which he exhaustively chronicled the emergence of secularism in Latin Christendom, this anthology applies Taylor’s findings to secularism’s international migration. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Nacim, Rajeev Bhargava, Akeel Bilgrami, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Sudipta Kaviraj, Claudio Lomnitz, Alfred Stepan, Charles Taylor, and Peter van der Veer every one discover the transformation of Western secularism past Europe, and the gathering closes with Taylor’s reaction to every essay. What all started as a latest response to—as good as a obdurate extension of—Latin Christendom has turn into a posh export formed by way of the world’s non secular and political platforms. Brilliantly alternating among highbrow and methodological ways, the quantity fosters a better engagement with this phenomenon throughout disciplines.

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