Recognizing diversity: Establishing religious difference in Pakistan and Israel

Birnbaum, Maria Rebecca (2020). Recognizing diversity: Establishing religious difference in Pakistan and Israel. In: Phillips, Andrew; Reus-Smit, Christian (eds.) Culture and Order in World Politics. LSE International Studies (pp. 250-270). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 10.1017/9781108754613.012

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Using the international recognition of Israel and Pakistan as case studies, the chapter probes the terms of recognizability in the modern liberal order, asking how religion became a recognizable criterion for sovereign statehood. It digs below the workings of the post-1945 diversity regime, arguing that, epistemologically, religion came to be knowable within the dominant frame of ‘nation’, but in the process it would become increasingly hollowed out and emptied of content, while simultaneously be tied to the thick, essential idea of collective belonging. Viewing the recognitions of Israel and Pakistan in the contexts of their imperial pasts, and analysing the two international commissions that shaped their statehood, the chapter shows how emerging modes of cultural recognition built on and sedimented very particular versions of 'religion' and funnelled certain aspects of social, political, and cultural life into coherent, representable, and recognizable forms of religious difference. By looking in detail at the epistemological politics of cultural diversity, the chapter exposes the costs that come with the diversity regimes’ recognition of cultural difference.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Jewish Studies
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology > Chair Prof. Mona
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Penal Law > Institute for Penal Law and Criminology

UniBE Contributor:

Birnbaum, Maria Rebecca

Subjects:

200 Religion > 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
900 History > 940 History of Europe
900 History > 950 History of Asia
900 History > 990 History of other areas

ISBN:

9781108484978

Series:

LSE International Studies

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maria Rebecca Birnbaum

Date Deposited:

20 Apr 2021 17:28

Last Modified:

20 Apr 2021 17:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/9781108754613.012

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/155236

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/155236

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