The Secular in India and China

  • Peter van der Veer
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


This contribution argues that since the nation-state and nationalism are crucial in religious and political practice everywhere, including Asia, it is clear that secularism extends beyond the West. The point here is that the secular frames the religious everywhere in societies that have the nation-form. This contribution is a critique of Charles Taylor’s understanding of the reflexive nation-state by pointing out the extent to which the modern nation-state is enchanted.


Nation-state Enchantment India China Ritual 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversityGöttingenGermany

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