State and Secularism: Perspectives from Asia
Michael Siam Heng
National University of Singapore
Ten Chin Liew
National University of Singapore (NUS)
February 3, 2010
STATE AND SECULARISM: PERSPECTIVES FROM ASIA, Michael Siam-Heng Heng, Chien Ten Liew, eds., World Scientific Publishing, 2010
The concept of a secular state is important in many parts of Asia and how this is resolved has important implications for the social, economic and political development of various Asian countries. Unfortunately, problems of the secular state have all along been studied based on the historical experience of state formation in Europe, with little (or no) input from the Asian perspective. This book will for the very first time, present mainly Asian perspectives, while drawing on Western experience as well. Conceptual issues are discussed together with detailed accounts on how different countries and traditions understand and seek to implement the ideas of a secular state.
Keywords: Secularism, State, Religion, Democracy, Perspectives, Politics, Liberty
Date posted: April 13, 2010
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