Religions, Secularity, Post-Secularity

This module is designed to develop a nuanced understanding of forms of religiosity in the present. One aim of the module is to explore connections between the realms of religion and politics, particularly within the framework of secular states. The module examines the notions of ‘secularity’ and ‘post-secularity’ and queries their relevance for the contemporary moment, within a comparative, historical perspective. Is it useful to invoke the concept of ‘secularism’ to make sense of encounters between religious and political domains? Do the ideas of the ‘separation of church and state’ and ‘state non-interference in religion’ help in these efforts?

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