P11
Making theocracies and secularisms: comparisons and contrasts

Convenors:
Jaap Timmer (Macquarie University)
Christopher Houston (Macquarie University)
Location:
Ligertwood 228
Start time:
12 December, 2017 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Around the world, theocratic hopes are alive and thriving. This panel invites papers about how we might understand projects of theocratization or secularization in Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian contexts.

Long abstract:

Around the world, theocratic hopes are alive and thriving. Participants in this panel are invited to think about how we might understand Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim secularisms, both in themselves and as responses or reactions to theocratic politics; or about projects of theocratization or secularization in Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian contexts. We seek to establish whether and how projects of theocracy and secularism may be as much a product of contextual and historical political tactics and strategies as revelation of deep-seated religious essences and differences (in Islam or in Christianity etc.).