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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Law and Politics Book Review - Narendra Subramanian
An important effort to understand Indian secular constitutionalism in a comparative perspective. Scholars of comparative constitutional law, religion and law, multiculturalism, and Indian law and statecraft will benefit from critically engaging with its contributions.
Perspectives on Politics - Ahrar Ahmad
The Wheel of Law is a most impressive achievement, thorough in research, astute in insights, and almost dazzling in execution and authorial resourcefulness. Deftly weaving together constitutional history, judicial logic, political development, and philosophical deliberation, this book is not merely a contribution to the discourse; it illuminates, and, in many ways, changes it.
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"An important effort to understand Indian secular constitutionalism in a comparative perspective. Scholars of comparative constitutional law, religion and law, multiculturalism, and Indian law and statecraft will benefit from critically engaging with its contributions."--Narendra Subramanian, Law and Politics Book Review

"The Wheel of Law is a most impressive achievement, thorough in research, astute in insights, and almost dazzling in execution and authorial resourcefulness. Deftly weaving together constitutional history, judicial logic, political development, and philosophical deliberation, this book is not merely a contribution to the discourse; it illuminates, and, in many ways, changes it."--Ahrar Ahmad, Perspectives on Politics

Law and Politics Book Review
An important effort to understand Indian secular constitutionalism in a comparative perspective. Scholars of comparative constitutional law, religion and law, multiculturalism, and Indian law and statecraft will benefit from critically engaging with its contributions.
— Narendra Subramanian
Perspectives on Politics
The Wheel of Law is a most impressive achievement, thorough in research, astute in insights, and almost dazzling in execution and authorial resourcefulness. Deftly weaving together constitutional history, judicial logic, political development, and philosophical deliberation, this book is not merely a contribution to the discourse; it illuminates, and, in many ways, changes it.
— Ahrar Ahmad
Law and Politics Book Review

An important effort to understand Indian secular constitutionalism in a comparative perspective. Scholars of comparative constitutional law, religion and law, multiculturalism, and Indian law and statecraft will benefit from critically engaging with its contributions.
— Narendra Subramanian
Perspectives on Politics

The Wheel of Law is a most impressive achievement, thorough in research, astute in insights, and almost dazzling in execution and authorial resourcefulness. Deftly weaving together constitutional history, judicial logic, political development, and philosophical deliberation, this book is not merely a contribution to the discourse; it illuminates, and, in many ways, changes it.
— Ahrar Ahmad
Perspectives on Politics
The Wheel of Law is a most impressive achievement, thorough in research, astute in insights, and almost dazzling in execution and authorial resourcefulness. Deftly weaving together constitutional history, judicial logic, political development, and philosophical deliberation, this book is not merely a contribution to the discourse; it illuminates, and, in many ways, changes it.
— Ahrar Ahmad
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691122533
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Jeffrey Jacobsohn is Fred Greene Third Century Professor of Jurisprudence and Politics at Williams College. He is the author of "Apple of Gold" (Princeton), "The Supreme Court and the Decline of Constitutional Aspiration", and "Pragmatism, Statesmanship, and the Supreme Court".
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Introduction: Ashoka's Wheel 1
Pt. 1 Three Models of Secular Constitutional Design
Ch. 2 Nations and Constitutions: Dimensions of Secular Configuration 21
Ch. 3 Secularism in Context 54
Ch. 4 India: The Ameliorative Aspiration 91
Pt. 2 Constitutional Perspectives on the Challenge to Secularism in India
Ch. 5 Religion, Politics, and the Failure of Constitutional Machinery 125
Ch. 6 Corrupt Practices: Religious Speech and Democratic Deliberation 161
Ch. 7 Adjudicating Secularism: Political Liberalism or Religious Revivalism? 189
Ch. 8 So You Want a (Constitutional) Revolution? Lessons from Abroad 227
Ch. 9 Conclusion: Toward Secular Convergence 265
Bibliography 291
Index 311
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