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Title Nation and religion : perspectives on Europe and Asia / edited by Peter van der Veer and Hartmut Lehmann.

Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1999]


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Physical description vi, 231 pages : map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-222) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction / Peter van der Veer and Hartmut Lehmann -- 2. The Moral State: Religion, Nation, and Empire in Victorian Britain and British India / Peter van der Veer -- 3. Protestantism and British National Identity, 1815-1945 / Hugh McLeod -- 4. Race in Britain and India / Susan Bayly -- 5. History, the Nation, and Religion: The Transformations of the Dutch Religious Past / Peter van Rooden -- 6. On Religious and Linguistic Nationalisms: The Second Partition of Bengal / Partha Chatterjee -- 7. Nationalism, Modernity, and Muslim Identity in India before 1947 / Barbara D. Metcalf -- 8. Memory, Mourning, and National Morality: Yasukuni Shrine and the Reunion of State and Religion in Postwar Japan / Harry Harootunian -- 9. Papists and Beggars: National Festivals and Nation Building in the Netherlands during the Nineteenth Century / Frans Groot -- 10. Religion, Nation-State, Secularism / Talal Asad -- 11. The Goodness of Nations / Benedict R. Anderson.
Summary Does modernity make religion politically irrelevant? Conventional scholarly and popular wisdom says that it does. The prevailing view assumes that the onset of western modernity--characterized by the rise of nationalism, the dominance of capitalism, and the emergence of powerful state institutions--favors secularism and relegates religion to the purely private realm. This collection of essays on nationalism and religion in Europe and Asia challenges that view. Contributors show that religion and politics are mixed together in complex and vitally important ways not just in the East, but in the West as well.
The book focuses on four societies: India, Japan, Britain, and the Netherlands. It shows that religion and nationalism in these societies combined to produce such notions as the nation being chosen for a historical task (imperialism, for example), the possibility of national revival, and political leadership as a form of salvation. The volume also examines the qualities of religious discourse and practice that can be used for nationalist purposes, paying special attention to how religion can help to give meaning to sacrifice in national struggle. The book's comparative approach underscores that developments in colonizing and colonized countries, too often considered separately, are subtly interrelated.
In addition to the editors, the contributors are Benedict R. Anderson, Talal Asad, Susan Bayly, Partha Chatterjee, Frans Groot, Harry Harootunian, Hugh McLeod, Barbara Metcalf, and Peter van Rooden.
Other author Lehmann, Hartmut, 1936-
Veer, Peter van der.
Subject Religion and state -- Comparative studies.
Nationalism -- Religious aspects -- Comparative studies.
ISBN 0691012334 (cased)
0691012326 (paperback)