Tolerance, Secularization and Democratic Politics in South Asia

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What is the relationship between secularization and tolerance? Critically analyzing the empirical and theoretical foundations of a putatively linear relationship between the two, this volume argues for moving past both romanticized readings of pre-modern tolerance and the unthinking belief that secularization will inevitably lead to tolerance. The chapters collected in this volume include contributions from across South Asia that suggest that democratic politics have added a layer of complexity to questions of peaceful co-existence. Modern transformations in religious thought and practice have had contradictory implications for tolerance, which offer rich insights into contemporary debates in the region. This multi-disciplinary volume, which spans history, sociology, anthropology and political theory, questions the uncritical acceptance of tolerance as the best framework for engaging with difference and probes the complications created by and through democratic politics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages216
ISBN (Electronic)9781108582834
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018


  • Tolerance; Secularization; Democratic Politics; South Asia; India; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Nepal; Bangladesh; South Asian Political Thought


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