Religious-secular distinctions have been crucial to the way in which modern governments have rationalised their governance and marked out their sovereignty – as crucial as the territorial boundaries that they have drawn around nations. The authors of this volume provide a multi-dimensional picture of how the category of religion has served the ends of modern government. They draw on perspectives from history, anthropology, moral philosophy, theology and religious studies, as well as empirical analysis of India, Japan, Mexico, the United States, Israel-Palestine, France and the United Kingdom.
Trevor Stack, PhD (2002), University of Pennsylvania, directs the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen, where he is also Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies. He has published
Knowing History in Mexico: An Ethnography of Citizenship (University of New Mexico, 2012) and is completing a second monograph titled Citizens: An Ethnographic Profile.
Naomi Goldenberg PhD (1976), Yale University, is Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Her publications include:
Resurrecting the Body: Feminism, Religion and Psychoanalysis (Crossroad, 1993) and
Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions (Beacon, 1979).
Timothy Fitzgerald PhD (1983), University of London, is Reader in Religion at the University of Stirling. He is the author of
The Ideology of Religious Studies (Oxford, 2000),
Discourse on Civility and Barbarity: A Critical History of Religion and Related Categories (Oxford, 2007), and
Religion and Politics in International Relations: The Modern Myth (Continuum, 2011).
Contributors are: Maria Birnbaum, Brian Brock, Geraldine Finn, Timothy Fitzgerald, Naomi Goldenberg, Jeffrey Israel, David Liu, Arvind-Pal Mandair, Per-Erik Nilsson, Suzanne Owen, Trevor Stack, Teemu Taira, and Tisa Wenger.
"This book should appeal both to scholars who are unfamiliar with critical religion and desire a thorough and helpful introduction to the theoretical positions critical religion implies as well as to those scholars who are already familiar with critical religion and whose work is informed by the theoretical insights that critical religion provides. To those already working within the critical religion paradigm, this volume may very well be an indispensable resource."
Ian Alexander Cuthbertson, Queen's University,
Reading Religion 2017
All interested in the relation between religion and the secular, and especially postgraduates and researchers of religious studies, anthropology, history and politics.