Religion, State and Society
As scholars saw the resurgence of religion in many parts of the world, there has been a renewed interest to understand the relation between religion and politics. The growing literature on “rethinking secularism”, appearing in diverse disciplines such as political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology and religious studies, indicates this trend. This course takes up current theoretical debates on:
– religion and state (liberalism, multiculturalism and ‘agonistic pluralism’),
– the rethinking of secularism
– democratic citizenship.
The last section of the course takes up case studies and a few special topics, including one on multiculturalism and gender issues.