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Landscapes of Secular Law

Landscapes of Secular Law

Chapter:
(p.1) 1 Landscapes of Secular Law
Source:
Landscapes of the Secular
Author(s):
Nicolas Howe
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226376806.003.0001

This chapter explores the concept of the secular landscape. It examines various approaches to the relationship between secularity and space, and it argues for an understanding that foregrounds the visual and emotional experience of the sacred. Situating this visual and emotional experience in a history of conflict-ridden and sometimes violent Protestant encounter with religious outsiders, it suggests that iconoclastic tradition has deeply influenced the legal institutions governing religious freedom. In so doing, it brings theories of secularity and material agency into dialogue with landscape iconography and the cultural sociology of the civil sphere, establishing an interdisciplinary theoretical framework that links book’s subsequent case studies.

Keywords:   secularity, landscape, materiality, visual culture, Protestantism

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