Journal article

The Politics of Secular Federalism and the Federal Governance of Religious Diversity in Asia

Baogang He, Laura Allison-Reumann, Michael Breen

Federal Law Review | SAGE Publications | Published : 2018


A secular approach has dominated federal studies, perhaps because there seems a natural fit between federalism and secularism. However, the federal systems or practices of Asia bring that close association into question, and the federal accommodation of religious demands has not been examined fully. This article focuses on how religion has been approached, accommodated or resisted in federal and quasi-federal states in Asia. We select India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Nepal as cases. We first explore the relationship between federalism, secularism and religion, and find that secular values at the point of federalisation played an important role in federalism's establishment, ..

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