The Wheel of Law: India's Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context / Edition 1

The Wheel of Law: India's Secularism in Comparative Constitutional Context / Edition 1

by Gary J. Jacobsohn
     
 

"Consistently interesting, often challenging, and at times brilliant, this book is a fantastically rich intellectual achievement. Jacobsohn's nuanced argument that commitments to secularism must be understood as contextual is original and highly illuminating, as is his elaboration of distinctions between different forms of secularism and between the thickness or

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"Consistently interesting, often challenging, and at times brilliant, this book is a fantastically rich intellectual achievement. Jacobsohn's nuanced argument that commitments to secularism must be understood as contextual is original and highly illuminating, as is his elaboration of distinctions between different forms of secularism and between the thickness or thinness of different dominant religions insofar as this relates to the state's official posture about favored religions and religious freedom."—Vicki C. Jackson, Georgetown University Law School

"One of a handful of studies that looks at law as the medium through which the project of secularization is carried out, The Wheel of Law is the first major book-length study of Indian secularism and the law since the sixties. Careful, meticulous, admirably unbullying, and impressive in its range of reference, it is also the only comparative study of constitutionalism in India, the United States, and Israel."—Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Jawaharlal Nehru University

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ISBN-13:
9780691122533
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction: Ashoka's Wheel1
Pt. 1Three Models of Secular Constitutional Design
Ch. 2Nations and Constitutions: Dimensions of Secular Configuration21
Ch. 3Secularism in Context54
Ch. 4India: The Ameliorative Aspiration91
Pt. 2Constitutional Perspectives on the Challenge to Secularism in India
Ch. 5Religion, Politics, and the Failure of Constitutional Machinery125
Ch. 6Corrupt Practices: Religious Speech and Democratic Deliberation161
Ch. 7Adjudicating Secularism: Political Liberalism or Religious Revivalism?189
Ch. 8So You Want a (Constitutional) Revolution? Lessons from Abroad227
Ch. 9Conclusion: Toward Secular Convergence265
Bibliography291
Index311

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