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Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics$
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Nathan J. Brown

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190619428

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190619428.001.0001

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Religion in Public

Religion in Public

(p.23) Chapter 2 Religion in Public
Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics

Nathan Brown

Oxford University Press

This chapter elaborates and modifies some very outdated concepts in order to answer the following questions: What does it mean to argue in public? Is religion a safe subject for public arguments? It shows that public argumentation in the Arab world does not look much like what normative theorists of deliberation and publicity expect, and that much of the republic of argument (a set of spheres where people argue in public about common affairs) involves discussion of religion and religiously grounded claims. The chapter seeks to undermine some suppositions of many normative writings: their suspicion of religion in public; the assumption that publicity largely promotes appeal to public reasons; and that doing things in public suggests the existence of “the public” as a unitary thing.

Keywords:   public sphere, religion, public arguments, publicity, normative writings

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