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Islam, Secularism, and Liberal DemocracyToward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies$
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Nader Hashemi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195321241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195321241.001.0001

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A Concise Anatomy of Secularism

A Concise Anatomy of Secularism

Examining Its Linkages to Liberal Democracy

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Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy

Nader Hashemi (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the relationship between political secularism and liberal democracy. The historical roots of secularism as a political concept are investigated. The various political models of secularism and types of liberal democracy, primarily the Anglo‐American and French traditions are discussed. In seeking out a detailed grasp of the precise relationship between secularism and liberal democracy the writings of two famous political philosophers are explored: Alexis de Tocqueville and Richard Rorty. Seeking a deeper grasp of the relationship between religion, secularism and democracy, the recent theoretical contributions by Alfred Stepan on the “Twin Tolerations” and the world's religious traditions are examined and then related to the debate on Islam and democracy.

Keywords:   secularism, political secularism, liberal democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, Richard Rorty, Alfred Stepan, Thomas Hobbes, France, French secularism, Islam, Muslims, Anglo‐American

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