Secularism And State Policies Toward Religion: The United States, France, And Turkey (Cambridge Studies In Social Theory, Religion And Politics)

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Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics)

Why do secular states pursue different policies toward religion? This book provides a generalizable argument about the impact of ideological struggles on the public policy making process, as well as a state-religion regimes index of 197 countries. More specifically, it analyzes why American state policies are largely tolerant of religion, whereas French and Turkish policies generally prohibit its public visibility, as seen in their bans on Muslim headscarves. In the United States, the dominant ideology is "passive secularism," which requires the state to play a passive role, by allowing public visibility of religion. Dominant ideology in France and Turkey is "assertive secularism," which demands that the state play an assertive role in excluding religion from the public sphere. Passive and assertive secularism became dominant in these cases through certain historical processes, particularly the presence or absence of an ancien régime based on the marriage between monarchy and hegemonic religion during state-building periods.

Specifications of Secularism and State Policies toward Religion: The United States, France, and Turkey (Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics)

GENERAL
AuthorAhmet T. Kuru
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
Edition1
ISBN-10052151780X
ISBN-139780521517805
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number Of Pages334
Publication Date2009-04-27
DIMENSIONS
Height8.98 inch.
Length5.98 inch.
Width0.87 inch.
Weight1.28 pounds.

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