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Religious Freedom in IslamThe Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today$
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Daniel Philpott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908188.001.0001

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Religiously Free States in the Muslim World

Religiously Free States in the Muslim World

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Religious Freedom in Islam

Daniel Philpott

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins the book’s analysis of religious freedom in Muslim-majority states by looking at the first of three categories of regimes that are defined by their political theology. This category is religiously free states. It defines the basic features of religiously free states, portraying them through the concept of positive secularism. It then looks closely at the 11 countries that fit this category. It notes that seven of these are in West Africa and identifies the historical and cultural roots of this region’s common religious freedom. This chapter begins to make the case for diversity in the Muslim world and for the possibility and presence of religious freedom in that same world.

Keywords:   West Africa, Sufi, positive secularism, negative secularism, diversity

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