Religion, Politics and Secularism (Essays in Honour of Asghar Ali Engineer)

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P. Prayer Elmo Raj/Karunya University, Coimbatore, India
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Religion, Politics and Secularism
(Essays in Honour of Asghar Ali Engineer)

Last Date of Submission: Abstract: 15th June, 2013; Full Length Paper: 31st July, 2013
Editor: P. Prayer Elmo Raj
Concept note
India is a constitutionally declared secular state. However, the recent political, social and religious events and turns have challenged secularism with its casteist, communalist, religious fundamentalist and separatist attitudes. Asghar Ali Engineer, a reformist and prophetic voice of modern India, has dealt in deepness the roots of Indian secularism, the interplay between state and religion, and the manner in which contemporary secularism is threatened/practiced by the political/religious events unravelled in present context with a voice that emphatically called for harmony. Secularism and the interplay between religion and state is a relevant question today than ever. The proposed edited volume is an attempt to bring in secular voices and critical perspectives on historical and contemporary secularist theoretical perspectives and modes, secularist view points on the interface between religion and politics today, communalism, fundamentalism and creative and existential facets of tolerance in memory of a person who, throughout his extraordinary career, has promoted the values of religious and communal co-existence, tolerance and mutual understanding. Themes of focus may include but are not restricted to:
a) India and secularism: Issues, challenges and theoretical stances
b) Postsecular perspectives
c) Secularism in art and literature
d) Critique on the interplay of religion and politics in post-independent India
e) Overview/ assessment/critical study of the works of Asghar Ali Engineer
Authentic, scholarly and unpublished research papers are invited from scholars/faculty/researchers/writers/professors for this volume. The research paper shall focus on any aspect of religion, politics and secularism in India.
The volume will be published with an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) by a renowned publisher.
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Mode of Submission:
Each contributor is advised to the send full paper with brief bio-note, declaration and abstract as single MS-Word email attachments to
Last date of submission
An abstract of 150-200 words is to be sent by June 15, 2013.
Full Length Paper: 31st July, 2013.
Selection Procedure:
All submissions will be sent for blind peer reviewing. Final selection will be made only if the papers are recommended for publication by the reviewers. The details of the selection of your paper will be informed to you telephonically or on your email. The editor has the right to make necessary editing of selected papers for the sake of conceptual clarity and formatting. Non-selected papers will not be sent back to the contributor in any form. All contributors are advised to keep a copy of their submission with them. Each contributor will get a free complimentary copy from publisher but in case of joint paper, the first author will get the free copy.
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Authors are requested to contact the editor for queries, if any
P. Prayer Elmo Raj, Assistant Professor of English, Karunya University, Coimbatore-641114 Tamilnadu, India. Mobile No. 09487188432 email: