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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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Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology

Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology

Andrew March (Yale) has posted Genealogies of Sovereignty in Islamic Political Theology on SSRN. The paper is forthcoming in Social Reseasrch. Andrew March is the author of Islam and Liberal Citizenship: The Search for an Overlapping Consensus (OUP 2009). Here is the abstract: The events that hastily came to be called “The Arab Spring” have done much to reopen the ...

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Religious Intolerance and the Strength of Religiosity

Religious Intolerance and the Strength of Religiosity

As we see demonstrations against an anti-Islam film in many Muslim countries, Professor Pippa Norris has published an informative blog post, arguing, based on empirical data, that there is a strong link between the strength of religiosity and religious intolerance, “irrespective of the predominant type of faith in each society.” She wrote: The 6th wave of the World Values Survey ...

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Jürgen Habermas on Religion in the Liberal State

Jürgen Habermas on Religion in the Liberal State

The Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) has published a printed version of Jürgen Habermas’s lecture at Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich on July 19, 2012: Wie viel Religion verträgt der liberale Staat? On the role of religion in a liberal state with an unsecularized civil society he says: Aber die Säkularisierung der Staatsgewalt bedeutet nicht schon eine Säkularisierung der ...

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On Islam and Democracy

The online magazine Qantara has published an interesting interview in German with the Iranian liberal theologue Mojtahed Shabestari on the question of Islam and democracy: Warum Islam und Demokratie zusammen passen. Excerpt: Mit den arabischen Aufstandsbewegungen verbinden viele Menschen – in den Ländern selbst, aber auch außerhalb – die Hoffnung auf mehr Demokratie. Andere sagen: Der Islam lässt grundsätzlich keine ...

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Alfred Stepan on Twin Tolerations

In an interview with The Immanent Frame, Alfred Stepan talks about religion and democracy, multiple secularisms, and his recent article on Tunisia’s democratic transition. Excerpt: What I was increasingly convinced about was that the relationship between democracy and religion as theorized in the classic studies of secularism was not the norm in many countries that were actually democracies. Classical secularist ...

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Norris and Inglehart on Muslim Integration into Western Cultures

Norris and Inglehart on Muslim Integration into Western Cultures

Pippa Norris (Harvard) and Ronald Inglehart (Michigan) have a new joint empirical paper, just published online in the new issue of Political Studies (Volume 60, Issue 2, June 2012): Muslim Integration into Western Cultures: Between Origins and Destinations Abstract: To what extent do migrants carry their culture with them, and to what extent do they acquire the culture of their ...

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Twin Tolerations in Tunisia

Twin Tolerations in Tunisia

New issue of Journal of Democracy (April 2012, Volume 23, Number 2) is out. As previously announced in his piece at The Immanent Frame, Alfred Stepan has an essay in this issue, discussing in more detail the backdoor story of successful democratic transition in Tunisia and the country’s “usable past” and cultural heritage that help it to become “twin tolerations–friendly”. ...

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John McCormick on Schmitt-Strauss Debate

John McCormick on Schmitt-Strauss Debate

  This is a lecture by John McCormick (Chicago), titled “Political Theology and Biblical Atheism: Revisiting The Schmitt-Strauss Debate In Weimar”, delivered on March 29, 2012 at Boston University. John McCormick is the author, among others, of Carl Schmitt’s Critique of Liberalism: Against Politics as Technology (Cambridge, 1997). He has also an essay on Schmitt-Strauss hidden dialogue in The Weimar ...

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