Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia

Nation and Religion: Perspectives on Europe and Asia

by Peter van der Veer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691012326

ISBN-13: 9780691012322

Pub. Date: 04/12/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Does modernity make religion politically irrelevant? Conventional scholarly and popular wisdom says that it does. The prevailing view assumes that the onset of western modernity—characterized by the rise of nationalism, the dominance of capitalism, and the emergence of powerful state institutions—favors secularism and relegates religion to the purely

Overview

Does modernity make religion politically irrelevant? Conventional scholarly and popular wisdom says that it does. The prevailing view assumes that the onset of western modernity—characterized by the rise of nationalism, the dominance of capitalism, and the emergence of powerful state institutions—favors secularism and relegates religion to the purely private realm. This collection of essays on nationalism and religion in Europe and Asia challenges that view. Contributors show that religion and politics are mixed together in complex and vitally important ways not just in the East, but in the West as well.

The book focuses on four societies: India, Japan, Britain, and the Netherlands. It shows that religion and nationalism in these societies combined to produce such notions as the nation being chosen for a historical task (imperialism, for example), the possibility of national revival, and political leadership as a form of salvation. The volume also examines the qualities of religious discourse and practice that can be used for nationalist purposes, paying special attention to how religion can help to give meaning to sacrifice in national struggle. The book's comparative approach underscores that developments in colonizing and colonized countries, too often considered separately, are subtly interrelated.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Benedict R. Anderson, Talal Asad, Susan Bayly, Partha Chatterjee, Frans Groot, Harry Harootunian, Hugh McLeod, Barbara Metcalf, and Peter van Rooden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691012322
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/12/1999
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
336,779
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction3
2The Moral State: Religion, Nation, and Empire in Victorian Britain and British India15
3Protestantism and British National Identity, 1815-194544
4Race in Britain and India71
5History, the Nation, and Religion: The Transformations of the Dutch Religious Past96
6On Religious and Linguistic Nationalisms: The Second Partition of Bengal112
7Nationalism, Modernity, and Muslim Identity in India before 1947129
8Memory, Mourning, and National Morality: Yasukuni Shrine and the Reunion of State and Religion in Postwar Japan144
9Papists and Beggars: National Festivals and Nation Building in the Netherlands during the Nineteenth Century161
10Religion, Nation-State, Secularism178
11The Goodness of Nations197
Bibliography205
List of Contributors223
Index225

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