This book offers a wide range of critical perspectives on how secularism unfolds and has been made sense of across Europe and Asia. The book evaluates secularism as it exists today – its formations and discontents within contemporary discourses of power, terror, religion and cosmopolitanism – and the focus on these two continents gives critical attention to recent political and cultural developments where secularism and multiculturalism have impinged in deeply problematical ways, raising bristling ideological debates within the functioning of modern state bureaucracies.

Examining issues as controversial as the state of Islam in Europe and China’s encounters with religion, secularism, and modernization provides incisive and broader perspectives on how we negotiate secularism within the contemporary threats of terrorism and other forms of fundamentalism and state-politics. However, amidst the discussions of various versions of secularism in different countries and cultural contexts, this book also raises several other issues relevant to the antitheocratic and theocratic alike, such as: Is secularism is merely a nonreligious establishment? Is secularism a kind of cultural war? How is it related to "terror"? The book at once makes sense of secularism across cultural, religious, and national borders and puts several relevant issues on the anvil for further investigations and understanding.

chapter |26 pages


Making Sense of the Secular

part |120 pages


chapter |10 pages

The Truth about Secularism

chapter |20 pages

The Dark Hour of Secularism

Hindu Fundamentalism and Colonial Liberalism in India

chapter |13 pages

Elisions and Erasures

Science, Secularism and the State—The Cases of India and Pakistan 1

chapter |13 pages

Sacred Modernism or Secular Space

The Ornamental Politics of Religion in Sri Lanka

chapter |13 pages

Korea's Path of Secularisation 1

chapter |11 pages

Secularism in Malaysia