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The Sacred and the Secular: Promoting Muslim Democracy

June 2nd, 2011, Comment & Analysis

The presence of religion in public space challenges our ideas about the roles of faith in our lives and politics. Over the last centuries, proponents of secularization have claimed that as societies modernize, the role of religion in public and private life diminishes. For them, modern rationality, science, and the ideal of representative governments as sovereign replace religion as a source of authority, regulation, and security.

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Asef Bayat

Professor, Leiden University

February 11th, 2010, Academia, Arabic, Civil Society, English, Euro-Med, Iran, Law and Human Rights, Migration and Integration, North Africa and Middle East, North America, North America, Urbana-Champaign, USA, Youth Issues

Asef Bayat

Professor Bayat is Academic Director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam (ISIM) at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

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