Seminar on Religious Perspectives on Civil Society and Democracy Today

Seminar on Religious Perspectives on Civil Society and Democracy Today

9 – 11 January, 2017

 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a platform for political scientists, scholars of religion and civil society leaders to explore the relationship of secularism and religion in different contexts. Participants of this seminar will include several senior Islamic scholars from South-East Asia, as well as leading political scholars from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the U.S. and the UK.

This meeting is co-sponsored by the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, Kairos Research Centre, Kairos Dialog Network and Catholic Research Centre. This meeting will be the third in a series of seminars hosted on the relationship between secularism and religious communities. The previous two were held in Malaysia in October 2015 and in New Delhi in February 2016.

Several post-colonial countries; particularly in South and South- East Asia have opted for constitutions founded on secular ideals. Religious freedom is guaranteed but there is no clarity about how much religions can engage in the public square. In the contemporary context there is increasing challenge to the secular ideals from resurgent religious nationalisms.

The primary thrust of our conversations will be the study of the development of different models of the relationship between secularism and different religions in the context of rising political religions (Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism) and religious nationalisms.

For more information about the seminar or OCRPL please contact Mr. Sudhir Selvaraj. He can be reached at +91 96322 87003 or