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Introduction: Performing the Secular: Religion, Politics, and the Public Sphere

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In this introductory essay, the authors bring discourses of the secular to bear on contemporary performance cultures across the world. They argue that the recent rise in religious extremism, and the threats against and attacks on artists and theatre practitioners in particular, cannot be understood outside the frameworks of secular modernity . Examining a range of contemporary positions on the secular from Charles Taylor ’s formulation to that of Saba Mahmood and Talal Asad , among others, the authors demonstrate that religious extremism is intrinsic rather than antithetical to the project of secular modernity .

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Gluhovic, M., Menon, J. (2017). Introduction: Performing the Secular: Religion, Politics, and the Public Sphere. In: Gluhovic, M., Menon, J. (eds) Performing the Secular. Contemporary Performance InterActions. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-49608-9_1

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