The Secular Activist

The Secular Activist
Author: Dan Arel
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 9781634310970
ISBN 13: 1634310977
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular Activist Book Review:

"Draws on the author's experience as an activist to offer lessons and guidance for advancing secularism in government and society through activism"--

Atheist Awakening

Atheist Awakening
Author: Richard Cimino,Christopher Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0199986320
ISBN 13: 9780199986323
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheist Awakening Book Review:

"According to Cimino and Smith, the new upsurge of atheists is a reaction to the revival of religious fervor in American politics since 1980. Feeling overlooked and underrepresented in the public sphere, atheists have employed a wide variety of strategies--some evangelical, some based on identity politics--to defend and assert themselves against their ideological opponents. These strategies include building and maintaining communities, despite the absence of the kinds of shared rituals, texts, and laws that help to sustain organized religions. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-identified atheist, secularist, and humanist leaders and activists, as well as extensive observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media, Cimino and Smith illustrate how atheists organize and align themselves toward common goals, and how media--particularly web-based media--have proven invaluable in connecting atheists to one another and in creating a powerful virtual community. Cimino and Smith suggest that secularists rely not only on the Internet for community-building, but on their own new forms of ritual."--Publisher's Web site.

The Secular Activist

The Secular Activist
Author: Dan Arel
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2016-10-01
ISBN 10: 9781634310949
ISBN 13: 1634310942
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular Activist Book Review:

Are you interested in preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation? Do you think a secular system is the only way to ensure freedom of religion and conscience for all? Do you want creationism out of classrooms, religious dogma out of health care, sectarian prayers out of government meetings, and taxpayer funding out of faith-based initiatives and programs that promote religious indoctrination? Think there s not much you can do about it? If so, as secular writer and activist Dan Arel demonstrates in word and deed, think again. Drawing on his experience fighting to keep $18 million in taxpayer money out of the construction of the Noah s Ark theme park in Kentucky, Arel makes clear that the only way to stop the Religious Right s assault on the wall separating church and state is for each of us to be active and vocal. He offers pragmatic lessons and guidance for protecting secularism, whether by raising awareness on social media, protesting in the public square, or knocking on doors in government corridors. Sharing not only his story but also the stories of other secular activists, he offers an inspirational and forceful call to action. For those who are waiting for others to stand up against antisecular forces, he reminds that each of us can make an individual difference and that ultimately we must be the wall separating church and state."

Atheist Awakening

Atheist Awakening
Author: Richard Cimino,Christopher Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-10-24
ISBN 10: 0199392935
ISBN 13: 9780199392933
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheist Awakening Book Review:

Surveys over the last twenty years have seen an ever-growing number of Americans disclaim religious affiliations and instead check the "none" box. In the first sociological exploration of organized secularism in America, Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith show how one segment of these "nones" have created a new, cohesive atheist identity through activism and the creation of communities. According to Cimino and Smith, the new upsurge of atheists is a reaction to the revival of religious fervor in American politics since 1980. Feeling overlooked and underrepresented in the public sphere, atheists have employed a wide variety of strategies-some evangelical, some based on identity politics-to defend and assert themselves against their ideological opponents. These strategies include building and maintaining communities, despite the absence of the kinds of shared rituals, texts, and laws that help to sustain organized religions. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-identified atheist, secularist, and humanist leaders and activists, as well as extensive observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media, Cimino and Smith illustrate how atheists organize and align themselves toward common goals, and how media-particularly web-based media-have proven invaluable in connecting atheists to one another and in creating a powerful virtual community. Cimino and Smith suggest that secularists rely not only on the Internet for community-building, but on their own new forms of ritual. This groundbreaking study will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the growing atheist movement in America.

Islam in a Secular State

Islam in a Secular State
Author: Walid Jumblatt Abdullah
Publsiher: Amsterdam University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-02-25
ISBN 10: 9048544416
ISBN 13: 9789048544417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam in a Secular State Book Review:

The overtly secular state of Singapore has unapologetically maintained an authoritarian approach to governance in the realm of religion. Islam is particularly managed by the state. Muslim activists thus have to meticulously navigate these realities - in addition to being a minority community - in order to maximize their influence in the political system. Significantly, Muslim activists are not a monolith: there exists a multitude of political and theological differences amongst them. This study analyses the following categories of Muslim activists: Islamic religious scholars (ulama), liberal Muslims, and the more conservative-minded individuals. Due to constricting political realities, many activists attempt to align themselves with the state, and call upon the state to be an arbiter in their disagreements with other factions. Though there are activists who challenge the state, these are by far in the minority, and are typically unable to assert their influence in a sustained manner.

Total Atheism

Total Atheism
Author: Stefan Binder
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 290
Release: 2020-04-01
ISBN 10: 1789206758
ISBN 13: 9781789206753
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Total Atheism Book Review:

Exploring lived atheism in the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, this book offers a unique insight into India’s rapidly transforming multi-religious society. It explores the social, cultural, and aesthetic challenges faced by a movement of secular activists in their endeavors to establish atheism as a practical and comprehensive way of life. On the basis of original ethnographic material and engaged conceptual analysis, Total Atheism develops an alternative to Eurocentric accounts of secularity and critically revisits central themes of South Asian scholarship from the hitherto marginalized vantage point of radically secular and explicitly irreligious atheists in India.

Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India

Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India
Author: Nandini Deo
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2015-10-30
ISBN 10: 1317530675
ISBN 13: 9781317530671
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mobilizing Religion and Gender in India Book Review:

Religious nationalists and women’s activists have transformed India over the past century. They debated the idea of India under colonial rule, shaped the constitutional structure of Indian democracy, and questioned the legitimacy of the postcolonial consensus, as they politicized one dimension of identity. Using a historical comparative approach, the book argues that external events, activist agency in strategizing, and the political economy of transnational networks explain the relative success and failure of Hindu nationalism and the Indian women’s movement rather than the ideological claims each movement makes. By focusing on how particular activist strategies lead to increased levels of public support, it shows how it is these strategies rather than the ideologies of Hindutva and feminism that mobilize people. Both of these social movements have had decades of great power and influence, and decades of relative irrelevance, and both challenge postcolonial India’s secular settlement – its division of public and private. The book goes on to highlight new insights into the inner dynamics of each movement by showing how the same strategies - grassroots education, electoral mobilization, media management, donor cultivation - lead to similarly positive results. Bringing together the study of Hindu nationalism and the Indian women’s movement, the book will be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian Religion, Gender Studies, and South Asian Politics.

Palestinian Women s Activism

Palestinian Women   s Activism
Author: Islah Jad
Publsiher: Syracuse University Press
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2018-12-26
ISBN 10: 0815654596
ISBN 13: 9780815654599
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Palestinian Women s Activism Book Review:

Jad traces the transformation of the Palestinian women’s movement from the 1930s to the post-Oslo period and through the Second Intifada to examine the often-fraught relationship between women and nationalism in Palestine. Offering one of the first intensive studies of Islamist women’s activism, Jad also explores the impact of emerging feminist NGOs in depoliticizing the secular Palestinian women’s movement. Studying these two developments together illuminates the nature of women’s engagement in the Palestinian space, challenging myths of gender roles’ "immutability" under Islamand the supposed "modernizing" benefits of Western-style activism.

If God Were a Human Rights Activist

If God Were a Human Rights Activist
Author: Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2015-04-29
ISBN 10: 0804795037
ISBN 13: 9780804795036
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

If God Were a Human Rights Activist Book Review:

We live in a time when the most appalling social injustices and unjust human sufferings no longer seem to generate the moral indignation and the political will needed both to combat them effectively and to create a more just and fair society. If God Were a Human Rights Activist aims to strengthen the organization and the determination of all those who have not given up the struggle for a better society, and specifically those that have done so under the banner of human rights. It discusses the challenges to human rights arising from religious movements and political theologies that claim the presence of religion in the public sphere. Increasingly globalized, such movements and the theologies sustaining them promote discourses of human dignity that rival, and often contradict, the one underlying secular human rights. Conventional or hegemonic human rights thinking lacks the necessary theoretical and analytical tools to position itself in relation to such movements and theologies; even worse, it does not understand the importance of doing so. It applies the same abstract recipe across the board, hoping that thereby the nature of alternative discourses and ideologies will be reduced to local specificities with no impact on the universal canon of human rights. As this strategy proves increasingly lacking, this book aims to demonstrate that only a counter-hegemonic conception of human rights can adequately face such challenges.

In the Name of the Secular

In the Name of the Secular
Author: Rustom Bharucha
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 197
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015022932860
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In the Name of the Secular Book Review:

In This Bold And Challenging New Book, The Author Charts The Shifting Dynamics Of Religion, Community And Civil Society In An Era Which Has Seen The Concurrent Rise Of Mass Media, Globalization And Religious Fundamentalism.

The Secular Paradox

The Secular Paradox
Author: Joseph Blankholm
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2022-06-07
ISBN 10: 1479809500
ISBN 13: 9781479809509
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular Paradox Book Review:

"Secular people are strangely ambiguous. They feel a tension between what they don't share and what they have in common-between avoiding religion and embracing something like it. An event as ordinary as a wedding can be uncomfortable if it feels too religious, and even for those who are indifferent to religion, a passing reference to God can be cringeworthy. And yet, religion is tough to avoid completely without living in its remainder. The Secular Paradox explains why. Relying on several years of ethnographic research among secular activists and organized nonbelievers in the United States, Blankholm shows how secular people are both absolutely not religious and part of a religion-like tradition, which includes beliefs and institutions, as well embodied practices. Recovering this tradition makes legible what secular people share with one another and explains why the secular movement in the United States remains predominately white and male. Humanistic Jews, Hispanic Freethinkers, Ex-Muslims, and black nonbelievers are secular misfits whose stories reveal the contours of the secular most clearly by proving to be more and less than what remains when Christianity is removed. The Secular Paradox offers a radically new way of understanding secularism and secular people by explaining the origins of their inherent contradiction and its awkward effects on their lives. This new understanding matters for anyone who has ever avoided something because it felt too religious, everyone who considers themselves secular, and all those who want to understand them better"--

Secular Surge

Secular Surge
Author: David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2020-12-03
ISBN 10: 1108831133
ISBN 13: 9781108831130
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Surge Book Review:

Many Americans are turning away from religion. Will a Secular Left rise to counter the Religious Right?

Islam and the Secular State

Islam and the Secular State
Author: Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im Na,ʻAbd Allāh Aḥmad Naʻīm
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 0674261445
ISBN 13: 9780674261440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and the Secular State Book Review:

What should be the place of Shari'a - Islamic religious law - in predominantly Muslim societies of the world? In this book, a Muslim scholar and human rights activist envisions a positive and sustainable role for Shari'a, based on a profound rethinking of the relationship between religion and the secular state in all societies.

Sextarianism

Sextarianism
Author: Maya Mikdashi
Publsiher: Stanford University Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2022-05-03
ISBN 10: 1503631567
ISBN 13: 9781503631564
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sextarianism Book Review:

The Lebanese state is structured through religious freedom and secular power sharing across sectarian groups. Every sect has specific laws that govern kinship matters like marriage or inheritance. Together with criminal and civil laws, these laws regulate and produce political difference. But whether women or men, Muslims or Christians, queer or straight, all people in Lebanon have one thing in common—they are biopolitical subjects forged through bureaucratic, ideological, and legal techniques of the state. With this book, Maya Mikdashi offers a new way to understand state power, theorizing how sex, sexuality, and sect shape and are shaped by law, secularism, and sovereignty. Drawing on court archives, public records, and ethnography of the Court of Cassation, the highest civil court in Lebanon, Mikdashi shows how political difference is entangled with religious, secular, and sexual difference. She presents state power as inevitably contingent, like the practices of everyday life it engenders, focusing on the regulation of religious conversion, the curation of legal archives, state and parastatal violence, and secular activism. Sextarianism locates state power in the experiences, transitions, uprisings, and violence that people in the Middle East continue to live.

How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps

How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps
Author: Ryan T. Cragun
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2015-05-01
ISBN 10: 1634310144
ISBN 13: 9781634310147
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps Book Review:

Do you want the greatest challenges of the day to be addressed with thoughtful, reality-based solutions rather than with cherry-picked quotations from scripture? Do you want to shrink religion—especially fundamentalist religion—to the point that it plays no noticeable role in American public life? Do you want right-wing religious leaders to be so unpopular that politicians avoid them rather than pander to them for endorsements? Drawing on the latest social-scientific research on religion to help interested nonbelievers—and even progressive believers—weaken the influence of fundamentalist religion in society at large, How to Defeat Religion in 10 Easy Steps illustrates specific, actionable steps we all can take to facilitate fundamentalist religion's decline. It covers topics as far ranging as education, welfare, sex, science, capitalism, and Christmas, and each of the 10 chapters focuses on a specific action that research has shown can weaken religion, detailing why and how, and concluding with specific recommendations for individuals, local groups, and national organizations.

An Islam of Her Own

An Islam of Her Own
Author: Sherine Hafez
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2011-04-11
ISBN 10: 0814773052
ISBN 13: 9780814773055
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Islam of Her Own Book Review:

As the world grapples with issues of religious fanaticism, extremist politics, and rampant violence that seek justification in either “religious” or “secular” discourses, women who claim Islam as a vehicle for individual and social change are often either regarded as pious subjects who subscribe to an ideology that denies them many modern freedoms, or as feminist subjects who seek empowerment only through rejecting religion and adopting secularist discourses. Such assumptions emerge from a common trend in the literature to categorize the ‘secular’ and the ‘religious’ as polarizing categories, which in turn mitigates the identities, experiences and actions of women in Islamic societies. Yet in actuality Muslim women whose activism is grounded in Islam draw equally on principles associated with secularism. In An Islam of Her Own, Sherine Hafez focuses on women’s Islamic activism in Egypt to challenge these binary representations of religious versus secular subjectivities. Drawing on six non-consecutive years of ethnographic fieldwork within a women's Islamic movement in Cairo, Hafez analyzes the ways in which women who participate in Islamic activism narrate their selfhood, articulate their desires, and embody discourses in which the boundaries are blurred between the religious and the secular.

Apostles of Change

Apostles of Change
Author: Felipe Hinojosa
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN 10: 1477321985
ISBN 13: 9781477321980
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Apostles of Change Book Review:

In the late 1960s, the American city found itself in steep decline. An urban crisis fueled by federal policy wreaked destruction and displacement on poor and working-class families. The urban drama included religious institutions, themselves undergoing fundamental change, that debated whether to stay in the city or move to the suburbs. Against the backdrop of the Black and Brown Power movements, which challenged economic inequality and white supremacy, young Latino radicals began occupying churches and disrupting services to compel church communities to join their protests against urban renewal, poverty, police brutality, and racism. Apostles of Change tells the story of these occupations and establishes their context within the urban crisis; relates the tensions they created; and articulates the activists' bold, new vision for the church and the world. Through case studies from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Houston, Felipe Hinojosa reveals how Latino freedom movements frequently crossed boundaries between faith and politics and argues that understanding the history of these radical politics is essential to understanding the dynamic changes in Latino religious groups from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Secular Activism in Party Politics

Secular Activism in Party Politics
Author: Mark Brockway
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:1119667936
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Activism in Party Politics Book Review:

Guide for Secular Action

Guide for Secular Action
Author: Ajit Muricken
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 120
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015041652044
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Guide for Secular Action Book Review:

Contributed articles chiefly on communalism and secularism in India in question and answer form.

Global Rebellion

Global Rebellion
Author: Mark Juergensmeyer
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 370
Release: 2008-05-16
ISBN 10: 0520255542
ISBN 13: 9780520255548
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Global Rebellion Book Review:

Examines the growing influence of religion on modern-day politics, culture, and society, as well as the interconnection among militant activists, religion, and rebellious movements, the implications of religious revolution, and ways to respond to religious activism in ways to diminish violence and reach an accommodation between radical religion and the secular world.