We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest book. Religious Pluralism in Democratic Societies: Challenges and Prospects for Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States in the New Millennium is a co-publication with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and the Malaysian Association for American Studies. It is a re-print of the original volume, which was published in 2007.
The editor of the volume, K.S. Nathan, is Professor and Head of the Centre for American Studies in the Institute of Occidental Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also the current president of the Malaysian Association for American Studies. Professor Nathan was Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya between 1982-1984, and was also a Visiting Scholar at several leading academic and research institutes, including Harvard University, USSR Academy of Sciences and ISEAS.
The 14 papers in this volume were originally given at the 2002 Kuala Lumpur conference of the Malaysian Association for American Studies. They critically examine the concept of religious pluralism in democratic societies, in the context of globalisation, and the challenges and prospects for Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States.
Part 1 deals with characteristics, problems and challenges of religious diversity and coexistence in Southeast Asia and the United States, and how immigration has played a key role in contributing to multiculturalism and religious coexistence.
Part 2 focuses on the growing problems and challenges of religious diversity in Europe.
Part 3 attempts to link democracy and the separation of religion and state to the problems and prospects for conflict resolution in increasingly pluralistic environments.
The Conclusion offers some perspectives and proposals for multi-religious coexistence under conditions of globalisation in the post-September 11 era.