Institute for Religion, Politics & Society

Asian Societies and their Religions

Questioning how societies can succeed when faced with issues of pluralism and diversity, this program examines the relation of religion to resources, scarcity and economic development.

Supported by the Journal for Religious and Political Practice, which was founded by Bryan S. Turner, the Asian Societies and their Religions Program brings together in-house expertise on South Asia (India) and East Asia (Vietnam and China). Political violence, solidarities and the evolution of religious minorities are major focus areas. This research takes place within the broader debate on secularization in authoritarian post-communist societies, evolving democracies and societies with an official religion written into their constitution.