SpringerBriefs in Political Science

Secularism and Religion in Multi-faith Societies

The Case of India

Authors: Sen, Ragini, Wagner, Wolfgang, Howarth, Caroline

  • Examines the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India as a case study of the issues of religion and secularism in multi-faith societies​
  • Raises issues that may help craft interdisciplinary and international frameworks for conflict resolution
  • Proposes policies in order to support the peaceful coexistence of secularism and religion
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This Brief looks at the illustrative case of the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India, with the aim of understanding the dynamics of lived secularism as it exists in traditional multi-faith societies such as India. The data analyzed in this Brief comprise many interviews, conducted amidst Hindus and Muslims, with respondents of both sexes living in slum and middle class regions in the city of Mumbai. The volume begins by giving a brief summary of the historical and cultural background to the present situation in India. It then traces complementarities and similarities of opinions across diverse constituencies which cluster around three main anchoring points: communication, re-presentations and operationalizing of a shared dream. The first point explores the need to understand and to be understood, encourages processes of mutual acculturation, and describes the sensitive decoding of cultural symbols such as dress codes. The second point discusses changes in mind sets and mutual perceptions, where Muslims and Islam are portrayed in a balanced way and exploitation of religion for political purposes is stopped. The third main point is the involvement of the common, regular person, and a focus on children, as the unifying hope for the future.

Throughout the volume, emphasis is on moral maturation, cultural interpretation in lieu of cultural imposition and creation of a sensitive media policy. The issues raised may help craft interdisciplinary and international frameworks, which address conflict resolution in culturally diverse multi-faith societies. Accordingly, the book concludes with policy recommendations for supporting the peaceful coexistence of secularism and religion in society from a peace psychological perspective.

About the authors

Ragini Sen is affiliated with the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi and Logistics India, Mumbai. Her doctoral work was underatken at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. Dr. Sen's main areas of interest are social and peace psychology where she focuses on religious conflict, group processes, identity politics, secularism and fundamentalism. She has been a Fulbright Scholar in Residence, New Hampshire, USA; Visiting Fellow, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria; Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris, France and University of Picardie, Amiens, France.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secularism and Religion in Multi-faith Societies
Book Subtitle
The Case of India
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Political Science
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-01922-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-01922-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-01921-5
Series ISSN
2191-5466
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 83
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 b/w illustrations
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