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Two Video-lectures by Alfred Stepan

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhpfWWWvLsc] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fffmWjdGK6w] See also his early draft of The Multiple Secularisms of Modern Democracies here .

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Examining Habermas-Ratzinger Debate

Examining Habermas-Ratzinger Debate

Jürgen Habermas and Joseph Ratzinger participated on a debate on the ‘pre-political moral foundations of a free-state’ in 2004. This debate has been published in Dialektik der Säkularisierung: Über Vernunft und Religion .  Pablo C. Jiménez Lobeira has sent a paper at SSRN, examining this debate and their differences. Some excerpts from the paper: For Habermas, the democratic constitutional state is ...

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Gregor McLennan on ‘The Postsecular Turn’

There is an interview with Gregor Mclennan at the TCS blog on what has been called “The postsecular Tern”. Here some excerpts: The main problem with arguments about ‘secularism’ is that it is too often equated with atheism, and that’s not right. You can be religious but also secular, and atheist without agreeing, for example, that religious motivation should always ...

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A Quiet Revolution in Shiism

In an article in Foreign Affairs, Mohamad Bazzi reviews the internal interpretational conflicts among Shiit religious authority and the possibility of the emergence of a democratic shiism. An excerpt: One possibility that has emerged over the past year is for senior clerics to redefine the position of supreme leader, forcing him to share power with a small council of other ...

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Isobel Coleman on Islamic feminism

Isabel Coleman writes in Washington Post on the importance of Islamic feminism in the muslim world: One question I get is why is there a need for Islamic feminism – isn’t secular feminism sufficient to push for women’s rights? Well, the most conservative countries of the Middle East do not now have, nor will they in the near future, secular ...

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“Do Muslims Vote Islamic?”

The new issue of Journal of Democracy has a free access article by Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi on the limited ability of Islamist parties to win over Muslim voters. Here two excerpts from the paper: Our second conclusion is that the electoral performance of Islamic parties has been generally unimpressive. In the 89 elections that Islamic parties have contested ...

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New Book by Jürgen Habermas in English

An Awareness of What is Missing  By Jürgen Habermas Polity- February 2010 Description: In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas has challenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experience and to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given the global challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous than the refusal to communicate that we encounter today in ...

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New Interview with Jürgen Habermas on Religion

Tha Immanent Frame has published a new long interview with Jürgen Habermas, conducted by Eduardo Mendieta on the question of religion. Here two excerpts: On the one hand, the system of religion has become more differentiated and has limited itself to pastoral care, that is, it has largely lost other functions. On the other hand, there is no global connection ...

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