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Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Times Like These / Janet R. Jakobsen and Ann Pellegrini 1
Part 1. Secular Interventions
1. (Un)Veiling Feminism / Afsaneh Najmabadi 39
2. Secularism and Laicism in Turkey / Taha Parla and Andrew Davison 58
3. Women Between Community and State: Some Implications of the Uniform Civil Code Debates / Rajeswari Sunder Rajan 76
4. Other Moderns, Other Jews: Revisiting Jewish Secularism in America / Laura Levitt 107
5. Disappearances: Race, Religion, and the Progress Narrative of U.S. Feminism / Tracy Fessenden 139
6. Late Secularism / Robert J. Baird 162
7. What Tangled Webs We Weave: Science, Secularism, and Religion in Contemporary India / Banu Subramaniam 178
Part 2. Secular Relations: Micronarratives
8. Secularizing the Pain of Footbinding in China: Missionary and Medical Stagings of the Universal Body / Angela Zito 205
9. Ghostly Appearances / Geeta Patel 226
10. "The Quick, the Dead, and the Yet Unborn": Untimely Sexualities and Secular Hauntings / Molly McGarry 247
Part 3. Public Alternatives
11. Toward Secular Diaspora: Relocating Religion and Politics / Tyler Roberts 283
12. Feminisms and Secularisms / Kathleen Sands 308
13. Continuity or Rupture? An Argument for Secular Britain / Ranu Samantrai 330
Bibliography 353
Contributors 387
Index 391

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Shows how secularism is not always a progressive force, and does not always manifest itself as it does in the west

About the Author

Janet R. Jakobsen is Director of the Center for Research on Women at Barnard College. She is the author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics and a coeditor of Interventions: Activists and Academics Respond to Violence.Ann Pellegrini is Associate Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies at New York University. She is the author of Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race and a coeditor of Queer Theory and the Jewish Question. Jakobsen and Pellegrini are coauthors of Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance.

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"This collection of essays brings together an array of issues on the complexities of the various modern secular formations in theory and practice...the volume signifies the pluralities of secularisms in different times and spaces. The editors of the book deserve special praise because of the structured presentation of core arguments and the successful organization of the chapters over the 400 pages of the volume...The major strength of the work lies in its ability to link theoretically and analyze empirically the critical questions on secular practices, thereby making a strong plea for openness towards pluralities in the present world." Chandran Komath, Contemporary South Asia "Do you think you already know what secularism means? One virtue of this book is that the authors examine several modes and dimensions of secularism in different places, always closely attentive to the specific religious practices with which it is imbricated. Another is that the essays, taken together, loosen up the political imagination, allowing us to think outside the two-slot system--'either secularism or theocracy'--which has such debilitating effects on political thought. An admirable collection of essays."--William E. Connolly, author of Capitalism and Christianity, American Style

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