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Here you will find an overview of the books published by the Centre for Advanced Studies on "Multiple Secularities - Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities" and its members on various forms of secularity.

The work in the research group is characterised by collaborative formats such as workshops and conferences, the results of which are published in the form of special issues and edited volumes and can also be found here.

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2019

Kurdish Alevis and the Case of Dersim

Historical and Contemporary Insights

Erdal Gezik, Ahmet Kerim Gültekin

Kurdish Alevis and the Case of Dersim

In contemporary Turkey, discussions on the concept of ethnicity and religiosity continue to maintain their utmost importance in politics and daily social life. In this context, Alevi and Kurdish identities have come to the fore with mass representation marked by protests and violence. In spite of the importance of Kurds and Alevis for the history of Turkey, one specific group, namely the Kurdish Alevis, has escaped the attention of the international world. Although wide interest upon the topic in the international academic sphere, there are very limited academic works about Kurdish Alevis in general. Who are the Kurdish Alevis? What are the particular conditions for its association with the Kurdish identity, Alevi religion, and the history of Turkey? What has been the role of Dersim within Kurdish Alevism? The main purpose of this edited volume, the first of its kind, is to contribute to the understanding of these and other questions. Based on six perspectives from scholars from various disciplinary, this approach will present new insights on contemporary research and discussions on the issue.



Gezik, Erdal, and Ahmet K. Gültekin, eds. Kurdish Alevis and the Case of Dersim: Historical and Contemporary Insights. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019.

2019

Religionsbegegnung in der asiatischen Religionsgeschichte:

Kritische Reflexionen über ein etabliertes Konzept

Max Deeg, Oliver Freiberger, Christoph Kleine

Religionsbegegnung in der asiatischen Religionsgeschichte:

At first glance, the Asian religious history is rich in encounters between religions. Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shintō and other religions coexisted in certain regions and epochs, interacting with each other and influencing each other. However, this presentation is quite abstract and says little about who or what actually meets in a “religious encounter”. What exactly is meant by “religious encounter” in a specific historical context? Which processes can be observed? And what consequences does a precise analysis of such processes have for the theorisation of religious identities and social dynamics from a study of religions perspective? The contributions in this volume discuss these questions on the basis of concrete historical cases from different geographic regions: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and East Asia. They show that the term “religious encounter” is not irrelevant, but that the respective boundaries between religions can be determined differently in each concrete historical context. It therefore needs to be carefully examined for each case what encounter means for religious people and traditions.


Extract (German)

Deeg, Max, Oliver Freiberger, and Christoph Kleine, eds. Religionsbegegnung in der asiatischen Religionsgeschichte: Kritische Reflexionen über ein etabliertes Konzept. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2019.

2018

Religious Pluralism and the City

Inquiries into Postsecular Urbanism

Helmuth Berking, Silke Steets, Jochen Schwenk

 Religious Pluralism and the City

Religious Pluralism and the City challenges the notion that the city is a secular place, and calls for an analysis of how religion and the city are intertwined. It is the first book to analyze the explanatory value of a number of typologies already in use around this topic – from "holy city" to "secular city", from "fundamentalist" to "postsecular city". By intertwining the city and religion, urban theory and theories of religion, this is the first book to provide an international and interdisciplinary analysis of post-secular urbanism.

The book argues that, given the rise of religiously inspired violence and the increasing significance of charismatic Christianity, Islam and other spiritual traditions, the master narrative that modern societies are secular societies has lost its empirical plausibility. Instead, we are seeing the pluralization of religion, the co-existence of different religious worldviews, and the simultaneity of secular and religious institutions that shape everyday life. These particular constellations of "religious pluralism" are, above all, played out in cities.
Including contributions from Peter L. Berger and Nezar Alsayyad, this book conceptually and empirically revokes the dissolution between city and religion to unveil its intimate relationship, and offers an alternative view on the quotidian state of the global urban condition.

Table of contents

Berking, Helmuth, Silke Steets, and Jochen Schwenk, eds. Religious Pluralism and the City: Inquiries into Postsecular Urbanism. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.

2018

Die Religiöse Stiftung im Islam (waqf) nach hanafitischer Lehre

Die stiftungsrechtliche Kodifikation von Qadrî Pâshâ

Hans-Georg Ebert

Die Religiöse Stiftung im Islam (waqf) nach hanafitischer Lehre

Hans-Georg Ebert provides a commented, critical translation into German of Muhammad Qadrî Pâshâ's (d. 1886) compilation of waqf-law, which can be seen as a legal source for the national laws of Islamic countries. Hence, standards and methods can be derived from it to reform the religious endowments to strengthen their social responsibility. The text was printed in 1894 in Bûlâq (Cairo) following an Arabic manuscript (646 articles).


Der ägyptische Jurist Muhammad Qadrî Pâshâ (gest. 1886) erstellte Ende des 19. Jh. nach den Kodifikationen zum islamischen Familienrecht und zum islamischen Zivilrecht auch eine solche zum Recht der Religiösen Stiftung (waqf) auf hanafitischer Grundlage. Er orientierte sich dabei vor allem an den klassischen islamischen Rechtswerken und Fatwâ-Sammlungen. Nach dem Muster europäischer Gesetzeswerke untergliederte der Autor das Sachgebiet in einzelne Kapitel und Abschnitte. Damit schuf er ein wichtiges Referenzwerk, welches nach seinem Tode erstmals 1894 in Kairo im Druck erschien. Qadrî Pâshâ nutzte verschiedene Methoden der hanafitischen Lehre, um den Rechtstext an die existierenden gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen und Herausforderungen anzupassen. Die in der Folgezeit veröffentlichten Gesetze der arabischen Länder zur Religiösen Stiftung konnten auf den Text zurückgreifen. Dabei ging und geht es vor allem um eine zeitgemäße Verwaltung und gewinnbringende Nutzung von gestifteten Immobilien. Die kommentierte Übersetzung folgt dem arabischen Original.

Ebert, Hans-Georg. Die Religiöse Stiftung im Islam (waqf) nach hanafitischer Lehre: Die stiftungsrechtliche Kodifikation von Qadrî Pâshâ. Berlin: Peter Lang, 2018.

2017

Formations of the Secular in Japan

Rots, Aike P.; Teeuwen, Mark

Formations of the Secular in Japan

In recent years, a number of new historical studies have traced the formation and development of the category "religion" in (early) modern Japan. They have shed light on the profound political embeddedness of the category, showing how its conceptualization and implementation were intertwined with statehood and national ideology, which led to the transformation of earlier practices and ideas. As these works demonstrate, in modern Japan the newly incorporated category "religion" came to occupy a clearly demarcated space, differentiated from other societal realms such as governance, education, and science. The isolation of secular orthodoxy from a privatized realm of contingent belief was central to the formation of the modern imperial state.


Rots, Aike P.; Teeuwen, Mark (2017). Formations of the Secular in Japan. Japan Review 30.

2017

Faith and Social Movements

Religious Reform in Contemporary India

Chakrabarti, Anindita

Faith and Social Movements

How do we understand the multitude of faith movements in our post-secular world? Faith and Social Movements explores this question by analyzing the theology and practice as well as the transformation of two discrepant religious movements in contemporary India. The research opens up a conversation between the sociology of religion and social movements. Using a comparative lens, two different movements - a Hindu and an Islamic reform movement - have been studied in ethnographic detail. The book is divided into two parts. The first part dwells on Svadhyaya, a Hindu reform movement, and the second part on the Tablighi Jamaat, an Islamic reform movement. Focusing on the internal dynamics of these movements and the 'unintended consequences' of piety, the author argues that it is only by raising new questions vis-à-vis religion, secularity and civil society that their entanglement could be uncovered. This book aims to raise some of these questions.

Read the Introduction on "Dissent, Religion and Civil Society"

Chakrabarti, Anindita. Faith and Social Movements: Religious Reform in Contemporary India. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

2016

Die andere Seite des Islam

Säkularismus-Diskurs und muslimische Intellektuelle im modernen Ägypten

Daniel Kinitz

Die andere Seite des Islam

Säkularismus (al-'almaniyya) ist ein zentrales und umstrittenes Thema des Islam in arabischen Gesellschaften. Die Studie rekonstruiert damit verbundene gesellschaftliche Probleme anhand neuerer ägyptischer Publikationen und illustrativer Fallbeispiele. Erstmals wird die ambivalente Autorität des muslimischen Intellektuellen soziologisch analysiert und damit ein wichtiger Beitrag zum Verständnis des Islam in der globalisierten Gegenwart geleistet.

Kinitz, Daniel (2016). Die andere Seite des Islam: Säkularismus-Diskurs und muslimische Intellektuelle im modernen Ägypten. Berlin: De Gruyter.

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