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This volume concerns itself with the connections between religions and the social world and with the extent, limits, and future of secularization. Dealing with the major religious traditions and their explicit or implicit ideas about the individual, social, and political order, as well as offering an overview of the religious situation in important geographical areas, Secularization and the World Religions analyzes the legal organization of the relationship between state and religion—as well as the role of the natural sciences—in a global perspective. Contributors include such internationally renowned scholars as Winfried Brugger, José Casanova, Hans Joas, and Hans Kippenberg.

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"... the publication of these conference papers is to be welcomed as the scope of them is precise and original, and the chapters generally are of a high quality. Finally, it has to be remarked that Alex Skinner has done a first-rate job of translating the papers into a flowing and coherent English."--iJournal of Contemporary European Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846311871
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Joas is director of the Max Weber Center at the University of Erfurt and professor of sociology and social thought at the University of Chicago. Klaus Wiegandt is founder and CEO of Forum für Verantwortung.


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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt


Society, State and Religion: Their Relationship from the Perspective of the World Religions: An Introduction

Hans Joas


1                    Catholic Christianity

Cardinal Karl Lehmann


2                    Protestantism

Friedrich Wilhelm Graf


3                    The Departure and Return of God: Secularization and Theologization in Judaism

Eckart Otto


4                    Islam and Secularization

Gudrun Krämer


5                    Hinduism

Heinrich von Stietencron


6                    Secularization: Confucianism and Buddhism

Rudolf G. Wagner


7                    From Hostility through Recognition to Identification: State-Church Models and their Relationship to Freedom of Religion

Winfried Brugger


8                    ‘Science Doesn’t Tremble’: The Secular Natural Sciences and the Modern Feeling for Life

Ernst Peter Fischer


9                    The Religious Situation in Europe

José Casanova


10                The Religious Situation in the USA

Hans Joas


11                The Religious Situation in East Asia

Joachim Gentz


12                The Relevance of the European Model of Secularization in Latin America and Africa

David Martin


13                The Desecularization of the Middle East Conflict: From a Conflict between States to a Conflict between Religious Communities

Hans G. Kippenberg



Klaus Wiegandt

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