The Transnationality of the Secular

Author: Clemens Six

November 20, 2020

In "The Transnationality of the Secular" Clemens Six considers the extent to which the evolution of secularism in South and Southeast Asia between the end of the WWI and decolonization after 1945 was a result of trans-imperial and transnational patterns. To capture the diversity of twentieth-century secularisms, Clemens Six explores similarities resulting from trans-local networks of ideas and practices since 1918. Six approaches these networks via a framework of global intellectual history, the history of transnational social networks, and the global history of non-state institutions. Empirically, he illustrates his argument with three case studies: the reception of Atatürk’s reforms across Asia and the Middle East; trans-local women’s circles in the interwar period; and private U.S. foundations after 1945. This essay was published in Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and Politics, a journal edited by Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari. 

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