Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

Scholarly predictions of the secularization of the world have proven premature. We see a heterogeneous world in which religion remains a significant and vital social and political force. This paper reflects critically upon secularization theory in order to see how scholars can productively respond to the, at least partly, religious condition of the world at the beginning of the twenty first century. We note that conventional multiculturalism theory and policy neglects religion, and argue the need for a reconceptualization of understanding of religion and secularity, particularly in a context of multicultural citizenship — such as in Australia and Indonesia. We consider the possibilities for religious pluralism in citizenship and for “religious citizenship”. Finally, we propose that religious citizenship education might be a site for fostering a tolerant and enquiring attitude towards religious diversity.

Keywords

citizenship education, religion, secularity, secularization theory, religious citizenship, citizenship, Australia, Indonesia

Discipline

Asian Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Asian Journal of Social Science

Volume

41

Issue

2

First Page

150

Last Page

174

ISSN

1568-4849

Identifier

10.1163/15685314-12341296

Publisher

Brill

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1163/15685314-12341296