The Politics of Religion in South and Southeast Asia

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-06-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The notion of a 'politics of religion' refers to the increasing role that religion plays in the politics of the contemporary world. This book presents comparative country case studies on the politics of religion in South and South Asia, including India, Pakistan and Indonesia. The politics of religion calls into question the relevance of modernist notions of secularism and democracy, with the emphasis instead on going back to indigenous roots in search of authentic ideologies and models of state and nation building. Within the context of the individual countries, chapters focus on the consequences that politics of religion has on inclusive nation-building, democracy and the rights of individuals, minorities and women.The book makes a contribution to both the theoretical and conceptual literature on the politics of religion as well as shed light on the implications and ramifications of the politics of religion on contemporary South Asian and South East Asian countries. It is of interest to students and scholars of South and South East Asian Studies, as well as Comparative Politics.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
The politics of religion in South and Southeast Asiap. 1
Religion as a political ideology in South Asiap. 13
Islamism beyond the Islamic heartland: a case study of Bangladeshp. 26
Secular versus Hindu nation-building: Dalit, Adivasi, Muslim and Christian experiences in Indiap. 45
Sikh politics and the Indo-Pak relationshipp. 66
Religious nationalism and minorities in Pakistan: constitutional and legal bases of discriminationp. 81
Women under Islamic Law in Pakistanp. 102
Religion as a political ideology in Southeast Asiap. 120
Political Islam in Indonesiap. 136
Religion and politics in the Philippinesp. 157
Creating a Muslim majority in plural Malaysia: undermining minority and women's rightsp. 174
Keeping politics and religion separate in the public square: managed pluralism and the regulatory state in Singaporep. 195
Transnational religious-political movements: negotiating Hindutva in the diasporap. 225
Negotiating rights through transnational puritan networks: religious discourses; cyber technology and Pakistani womenp. 242
Indexp. 261
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