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distinct intermeshing(s) of religion and
politics in Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism, in Afghanistan or India or
Mexico, in modern times usually appear as figures of absence, lack, and
failure, imperfect images in the mirror of an immaculate secular West.
Such projections insinuate once more the abiding enchantments of
There are weighty elisions at stake here. Let us briefly