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Re-locating religion within the modern secular: comparative remarks on India, Indonesia, and Singapore: comparative remarks on India, Indonesia, and Singapore

Six, C., 2012.

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If one agrees with Talal Asad that “any discipline that seeks to understand ‘religion’ must also try to understand its other”, i.e. the secular, a discussion on dynamics of religion in modern Southeast Asia ought to include a debate on how the religious and the secular mutually constituted and thereby transformed each other in the context of modernisation.

My paper discusses different processes of re-locating the religious within early post-colonial nation-building from a comparative perspective: India, Indonesia and Singapore have realised rather different ideas of a “secular” state after colonialism and have thus developed different strategies to locate the religious within their specific regimes of modernized religious pluralism. This re-location of religion concerned on the one hand spatial strategies of identifying, authorizing and re-locating places of worship through the post-colonial state but also strategies of social re-location, whereby the “religiously neutral” state re-defined the location of religion in society to limit and at the same time make use of its entitlement. The formation of the “secular” state and the re-location of religion shall thereby be understood as a power-driven process of mutual constitution and emancipation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventReligion, Place and Modernity in East and Southeast Asia. Comparative Perspectives on the Placing of Religion in the Context of Modernity - Göttingen, Germany
Duration: 19-Sep-201222-Sep-2012

Workshop

WorkshopReligion, Place and Modernity in East and Southeast Asia. Comparative Perspectives on the Placing of Religion in the Context of Modernity
CountryGermany
CityGöttingen
Period19/09/201222/09/2012

Event

Religion, Place and Modernity in East and Southeast Asia. Comparative Perspectives on the Placing of Religion in the Context of Modernity

19/09/201222/09/2012

Göttingen, Germany

Event: Workshop

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