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Journal Cover   Critical Research on Religion
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   ISSN (Print) 2050-3032 - ISSN (Online) 2050-3040
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [819 journals]
  • How can mainstream approaches become more critical?
    • Authors: Goldstein, W. S; Boer, R, King, R, Boyarin, J.
      Pages: 3 - 12
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215584519
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Introduction: Is the Postcolonial Postsecular?
    • Authors: Lloyd, V. W; Viefhues-Bailey, L.
      Pages: 13 - 24
      Abstract: This article surveys the role of religion in postcolonial theory and the role of colonialism in studies of secularism. Despite a secularist image, postcolonial theory from its start has critically engaged with questions of religion. Similarly, despite secularism’s Eurocentric image, some studies of secularism have reflected on the way the category of religion is constructed in colonial encounters. Bringing these conversations together, we examine the secular–modern–colonial conceptual knot. The article concludes that close study of specific examples of the intersection of the modern, the colonial, and the secular is the most effective method of answering the article’s animating question.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215577494
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Postsecularism as colonialism by other means
    • Authors: Bugyis; E.
      Pages: 25 - 40
      Abstract: The claim that we are entering a "postsecular" age supposedly marks a new openness toward public religion, which was expected to wither as societies modernized. Similarly, postcolonial theory has attempted to think through the public resurgence of indigenous culture after the collapse of "Western" political regimes, which also predicted and prescribed its privatization. Drawing on the work of Partha Chatterjee, this paper argues that the "postsecular," particularly as it is deployed by Jürgen Habermas and Alasdair MacIntyre, seeks to seduce religious believers and practitioners into just this same logic of self-colonization so that they might be recognized as defenders of an increasingly insecure, liberal nation-state against those who might seek to take advantage of its vulnerability.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215577488
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Fantasies of Sovereignty: Civic Secularism in Canada
    • Authors: Klassen; P. E.
      Pages: 41 - 56
      Abstract: To ask whether the postcolonial is postsecular demands asking for whom, where, and when? To that end, what follows is a reflection situated in two Canadian contexts, separated by time and place, but both connected to the ‘colonial secular’. Engaged in the public deliberation and storytelling of civic secularism, through which political legitimacy is achieved through comparing religions, these two contexts are twenty-first century Québec and early-twentieth-century British Columbia. More specifically, I consider two moments in which the state (or its agents) exerted its authority in order to reshape bodily practice and stories of place: the debate over the ‘secular charter’ in Québec and the founding of the railway town of Prince Rupert on Tsimshian land. These acts of negotiation and law-making turned to religious forms of legitimation in a way that was at once ambivalent, comparative, and forgetful of the historical founding of the state’s own power. That is, in forming their ‘natural sovereignty’ over others, states often forget that their claims to power are, in part, acts of pretending.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215584230
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Secular power, law and the politics of religious sentiments
    • Authors: Saeed; S.
      Pages: 57 - 71
      Abstract: This paper undertakes a political sociology of religious sentiments by examining how social actors seek to make their religious sentiments legible and authoritative within structures of modern state governance. It argues that a central dimension of religious politics consists of struggles over constituting hegemonic and common sense religious sentiments through drawing on the secular powers of the modern state. This politics entails contestations over how citizens ought to feel, and how the state ought to authorize certain religious sentiments, with respect to socially resonant religious issues and events. Drawing on concrete historical episodes from colonial India and postcolonial Pakistan that allow a problematization of ‘religious sentiments of Muslims' in relation to the controversial religious views of the reformist Ahmadiyya movement, this paper further demonstrates the elasticity of the modern state to accommodate and embed a range of religious sensibilities, affects and emotive responses through legal arguments about public order.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215577489
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Public Islam in Post-Apartheid South Africa: The Radio Islam Controversy
    • Authors: Ingram; B.
      Pages: 72 - 85
      Abstract: This article examines the Radio Islam controversy of 1997, in which a South African Muslim radio station, affiliated with the conservative Deobandi organization Jamiatul Ulama, forbade women’s voices on its airwaves, citing the notion that women’s voices in this context were `awrah (part of the body that must be concealed), and thus should not be heard on the radio. It locates this event and the legal, ethical and theological debates that ensued within the context of emergent post-apartheid constitutional discourses on gender and religious freedom, and post-apartheid religious media. The article then situates these debates against the nature of ‘public’ religion during and after apartheid. It concludes by suggesting the Radio Islam case is a particularly salient example of the porousness of the ‘secular’ and ‘post-secular’ in a specific constitutional and legal arrangement.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215577490
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Secular shadows: African, immanent, post-colonial
    • Authors: Engelke; M.
      Pages: 86 - 100
      Abstract: Almost none of the critical theory concerned with the secular addresses it in relation to sub-Saharan Africa. This is notable not least given the extent to which other post-colonial regions, such as North Africa and South Asia, are central to such discussions. It is not, however, that the critical theorists are ignoring Africanists' work; indeed, looking at the Africanist literature in any depth makes it clear that there is not, and has never been, a field of "secular studies." Taking this observation as a point of departure, and considering it in relation to a range of classic and contemporary ethnographic cases, this paper aims to shed light (and cast shadows) on some of the key terms in current debates about the secular—terms such as immanence, the mundane, critique, and doubt. In doing so, it calls for further considerations of how to figure the Africanist canon in relation to the terms of critical theory.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215584229
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Can the post-colonial be post-religious? Reflections from the secular
    • Authors: Viefhues-Bailey; L.
      Pages: 101 - 117
      Abstract: If, following Masuzawa, Fitzgerald and others we assume that "the religious" is a category produced by Western colonial regimes in tandem with that of "the secular," then consequently the post-secular would need to be post-religious, as well. Here I demonstrate how in one metropolitan case, Germany, the religious and secular divide is evoked to produce a particular exclusivist narrative of national identity. A substantial part of German civil society, media, and legal establishment mobilize an imagined culturally Christian vision of Germany in order to exclude from public visibility and political participation German born Muslims of Turkish descent. The colonial twin categories of secular-religious still operate in the shaping of the German polity. Decolonizing it would thus require not only to enter a post-secular dialogue with religious presentations in the public sphere, as Habermas contends; rather a post-secular polity would require the post-religious.
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303215584518
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • Anthony J Blasi, Sociology of Religion in America: A History of a Secular
           Fascination with Religion
    • Authors: Turner; B. S.
      Pages: 118 - 120
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567672
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
  • David S Powers, Zayd
    • Authors: Donner; F. M.
      Pages: 120 - 123
      PubDate: 2015-06-03T05:07:21-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/2050303214567676
      Issue No: Vol. 3, No. 1 (2015)
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