After Secular Law

After Secular Law

by Winnifred Sullivan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0804775362

ISBN-13: 9780804775366

Pub. Date: 09/07/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Many today place great hope in law as a vehicle for the transformation of society and accept that law is autonomous, universal, and above all, secular. Yet recent scholarship has called into question the simplistic narrative of a separation between law and religion and blurred the boundaries between these two categories, enabling new accounts of their relation that

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Many today place great hope in law as a vehicle for the transformation of society and accept that law is autonomous, universal, and above all, secular. Yet recent scholarship has called into question the simplistic narrative of a separation between law and religion and blurred the boundaries between these two categories, enabling new accounts of their relation that do not necessarily either collapse them together or return law to a religious foundation.

This work gives special attention to the secularism of law, exploring how law became secular, the phenomenology of the legal secular, and the challenges that lingering religious formations and other aspects of globalization pose for modern law's self-understanding. Bringing together scholars with a variety of perspectives and orientations, it provides a deeper understanding of the interconnections between law and religion and the unexpected histories and anthropologies of legal secularism in a globalizing modernity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804775366
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/07/2011
Series:
Cultural Lives of Law Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Contributors....................xi
Introduction WINNIFRED FALLERS SULLIVAN, ROBERT A. YELLE, AND MATEO TAUSSIG-RUBBO....................1
1. Moses' Veil: Secularization as Christian Myth ROBERT A. YELLE....................23
2. Secular Law and the Realm of False Religion JAKOB DE ROOVER....................43
3. Assenting to the Law: Sacrifice and Punishment at the Dawn of Secularism JONATHAN SHEEHAN....................62
4. National Security and Secularization in the English Revolution of 1688 RACHEL WEIL....................80
5. "Intolerance of Intolerance" in the Unitarian Controversy: The Theology of Baker v. Fales STEPHANIE L. PHILLIPS....................101
6. The University and the Advent of the Academic Secular: The State's Management of Public Instruction TOMOKO MASUZAWA....................119
7. Stasiology: Political Theology and the Figure of the Sacrificial Enemy BANU BARGU....................140
8. Against Sovereign Impunity: The Political Theology of the International Criminal Court BRUCE ROSENSTOCK....................160
9. Sovereign Power and Secular Indeterminacy: Is Egypt a Secular or a Religious State? HUSSEIN ALI AGRAMA....................181
10. The Ruse of Law: Legal Equality and the Problem of Citizenship in a Multireligious Sudan NOAH SALOMON....................200
11. The Religio-Secular Continuum: Reflections on the Religious Dimensions of Turkish Secularism MARKUS DRESSLER....................221
12. "The Spirits Were Always Watching": Buddhism, Secular Law, and Social Change in Thailand DAVID M. ENGEL....................242
13. Secular Speech and Popular Passions: The Antinomies of Indian Secularism THOMAS BLOM HANSEN....................261
14. Courting Culture: Unexpected Relationships between Religion and Law in Contemporary Hawai'i GREG JOHNSON....................282
15. The Peculiar Stake U.S. Protestants Have in the Question of State Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages MARY ANNE CASE....................302
16. Sacred Property: Searching for Value in the Rubble of 9/11 MATEO TAUSSIG-RUBBO....................322
17. When Is Religion, Religion, and a Knife, a Knife—and Who Decides?: The Case of Denmark TIM JENSEN....................341
Index....................365

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