In September of 2010, Talal Asad, William E. Connolly, Charles Hirschkind, and I met at the annual American Political Science Association conference to discuss two seminal texts in a recently emerging field of study, which could tentatively be called the critical study of secularism. The texts in question were Connolly’s Why I Am Not a Secularist (1999) and Asad’s Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam and Modernity (2003), each now roughly a decade old.Read the rest of Landmarks in the critical study of secularism.
Matthew Scherer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Union College. He specializes in modern secularism, religion and politics, liberalism, constitutionalism, and political theology. Previously, he taught at Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, Berkeley.