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Global Religions And Local Cultures: Introduction

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The polarisation of the religious and the secular seems to be increasingly problematic as modern politicians resort to placating the sentiments of religiously-based communities, as happened, for instance, in the 2004 elections in the United States. The plenary session at the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) World Congress in Tokyo on 'Global Religions and Local Cultures' has addressed these issues. Professor Talal Asad takes up the Egyptian case and examines it with a view to providing a meaningful explanation to religious revival in the context of Egypt. Responding to Professor Asad from a South American context, Pablo Wright agrees with Talal Asad's implied criticism that the key concepts used in a Christian-liberal point of view, such as morality, ethics and religion, are indeed not independent of their socio-cultural context in the West.

Keywords: Christian-liberal point; Egypt; global religions; IAHR World Congress; local cultures; Pablo Wright; Professor Talal Asad; Tokyo



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