ABOUT THE IRNRD-OXFORD SERIES
During the last two decades the formerly dominant status of the secularist paradigm has been shaken. The recent developments within different socio-cultural regions of the world (India, the Arab world, the European continent) bear far reaching political consequences both in the regional and the global scenarios. Some authors, formerly secularists, speak of the emergence of a postsecular era (Juergen Habermas), but it is by now a generally shared realisation that the influence of religion cannot longer be ignored as a constituent factor in the contemporary socio-cultural and political constellation. Reflecting on these developments, both in social and political science, an intensive body of work has been developing that addresses the complicated and dynamic nexus between various components of these processes – religion(s), secularisation, democratisation, modernisation – in order to better understand and interpret the rapidly changing realities. Moreover, the process(es) of globalisation and the consequences of the postcolonial condition make the exchanges and the mutual influences amongst these socio-cultural regions unprecedentedly rapid and intense. Notwithstanding the specific character of these regional conditions, the various components originating from one region interrupt and bear heavy influence upon developments within another context (think of the impact of immigration flows upon legal and human rights debates in Europe, such as those related to Islam, Hinduism, etc.) – complicating and colouring both the internal situation within the respective contexts as well as the relation amongst these contexts (domestic politics, foreign policies, international relations). These inter-contextual interactions require that the different aspects of these conditions are analysed and interpreted by means of the methods of different branches of the social sciences. As a unique innovation, the Book Series combines an interdisciplinary method with an inter-contextual focus, with a new 'postsecular' sensitivity.