ABSTRACT

The notion of a ‘politics of religion’ refers to the increasing role that religion plays in the politics of the contemporary world. This book presents comparative country case studies on the politics of religion in South and South Asia, including India, Pakistan and Indonesia. The politics of religion calls into question the relevance of modernist notions of secularism and democracy, with the emphasis instead on going back to indigenous roots in search of authentic ideologies and models of state and nation building. Within the context of the individual countries, chapters focus on the consequences that politics of religion has on inclusive nation-building, democracy and the rights of individuals, minorities and women.

The book makes a contribution to both the theoretical and conceptual literature on the politics of religion as well as shed light on the implications and ramifications of the politics of religion on contemporary South Asian and South East Asian countries. It is of interest to students and scholars of South and South East Asian Studies, as well as Comparative Politics.

chapter 1|12 pages

The politics of religion in South and Southeast Asia

ByISHTIAQ AHMED

chapter 2|13 pages

Religion as a political ideology in South Asia

ByALI RIAZ

chapter 5|15 pages

Sikh politics and the Indo-Pak relationship

ByTRIDIVESH SINGH MAINI

chapter 7|18 pages

Women under Islamic Law in Pakistan

ByISHTIAQ AHMED

chapter 8|16 pages

Religion as a political ideology in Southeast Asia

ByBILVEER SINGH

chapter 10|17 pages

Religion and politics in the Philippines

ByRAYMUND JOSE G. QUILOP