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philippe portier

  • Religion and Secularism in France Today

    Philippe Portier is Professor of History and Sociology of Secularism at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, PSL, France.

    Capture d’écran 2022-06-03 à 14.21.42.pngJean-Paul Willaime is Emerite Professor of History and Sociology of Protestantism at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, PSL, France. Both are outstanding scholars.

    This groundbreaking volume explores the dynamic life of religion and politics in France and investigates the extent to which the French idea of secularisation has been pushed to be more thorough and radical in its interaction with its other European counterparts.

    A must-read !


  • Religion and Neonationalism in Europe (2020)

    10.5771_9783748905059_big.pngHow do religions contribute to contemporary nation-building processes ?

    Thanks to Florian Höhne, Torsten Meireis (Ed.), this impressive 2020 book sheds new light on the complex relationships between religion and (neo)nationalism.

    The contributions to this volume analyse the complex relations between religious traditions, groups and ideas on the one hand, and (neo-)nationalism on the other. They do so on a conceptual level as well as with regard to concrete contexts and countries. They shed light on these relations from historical, sociological, theological and ethical perspectives, and contribute to the discourse on neo-nationalism, populism and public theology. While the first part of the book situates religion and (neo-)nationalism in a globalised world, the second puts the concepts of neo-nationalism, populism, religion in context. The third part presents different case studies (particularly from European countries), and the final part concludes with ethical and political perspectives.

    Please notice that this book includes a significant contribution from Philippe Portier (EPHE, former GSRL director),

    Philippe Portier, "Neo-Nationalism and Religion in France" (p.255 - 272).


  • French ban on face-covering veils (Burqa): some explanations

    lookahead12nw1_j_758102gm-a.jpgIn a very cruel, unfair and misleading editorial, the New York Times criticized the French will to ban the Burqa in the streets (one should say the Niqab: full radical muslim face-covering veil). This editorial was published on January 26, 2010.

    The title was: "The Taliban would applaud" (sic).

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