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New Book: ‘The Awakening of Muslim Democracy’

New Book: ‘The Awakening of Muslim Democracy’

The Awakening of Muslim Democracy Religion, Modernity, and the Stat Author: Jocelyne Cesari Published by Cambridge University Press (April 2014) Description: Why and how did Islam become such a political force in so many Muslim-majority countries? In this book, Jocelyne Cesari investigates the relationship between modernization, politics, and Islam in Muslim-majority countries such as Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Tunisia, and Turkey ...

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New Book: ‘Boundaries of Toleration’

New Book: ‘Boundaries of Toleration’

Columbia University Press releases Boundaries of Toleration, edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor. Here is the description: How can people of diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic allegiances and identities live together without committing violence, inflicting suffering, or oppressing each other? In this volume, contributors explore the limits of toleration and suggest we think beyond them to mutual respect. Salman ...

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Secularism as Conversion

Secularism as Conversion

Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion is a very interesting book by Matthew Scherer (George Mason University), published in March 2013 by Cambridge University Press. Rejecting the paradigm that secularism stands simply as a wall between church and state, the author interprets it as an active process of transformation that produces and reshapes key dimensions of political and religious life. He describes the process ...

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Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”

Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring”

The current issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2013) has published Democratization Theory and the “Arab Spring” [PDF], by Alfred Stepan and Juan J. Linz. This is the text of  the Ninth Annual Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture on Democracy in the World that Stepan delivered on November 13, 2012 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C ( I posted the ...

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New Book: ‘Muslim Secular Democracy’

Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices from Within Edited by Lily Zubaidah Rahim (University of Sydney) Published by Palgrave Macmillan March 20, 2013 Sample chapter [PDF] Description: Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices From Within provides an expansive understanding of secularism in the Muslim World by exploring different trajectories and varieties of secularism, from the failed authoritarian secular state of Pahlavi Iran and the ...

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Typology of Religious Arguments in Public Reason

Typology of Religious Arguments in Public Reason

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Rethinking Religious Reasons in Public Justification on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This paper intervenes in the debate on the place of religious arguments in public reason. I advance the debate not by asking whether something called “religious reasons” ought to be invoked in the justification of coercive laws, but by creating a typology of ...

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Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

Panel Discussion: ‘Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies’

On January 28, 2013, Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs held a panel discussion entitled “Civil Rights in Muslim Democracies” with Jocelyne Cesari, Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center, Daniel Brumberg, Associate Professor of Government and Co-Director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University, José Casanova, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, and Nader ...

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Nader Hashemi: ‘Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy?’

Nader Hashemi: ‘Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy?’

This is the lecture given by Nader Hashemi (University of Denver) under the title “Can Islam be Reconciled with Democracy: Critical Notes on the Arab Spring.” on November 1, 2012 at the University of Kansas, Center for Global & International Studies and KU Middle East Studies. The footage from the Q & A session following the speech is here.

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Veit Bader’s Critique of Post-secularism

Veit Bader’s Critique of Post-secularism

The current issue of Erasmus law Review has published articles on religion and secularism, originated in a conference on ‘Religion in the 21st Century’ at the Erasmus School of Law, in September 2011. Veit Bader’s interesting article in this issue is titled Post-Secularism or Liberal-Democratic Constitutionalism? [PDF] Veit Bader is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Professor Emeritus of Social and ...

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The Impossible “Islamic State”

The Islamic Law scholar Wael B. Hallaq has a new book, published by Columbia University Press: The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament (November 2012). Wael Hallaq is currently the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University at the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. His publications include Shari‘a: Theory, Practice, Transformations (2009); ...

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