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Essays on Secularism and Multiculturalism

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Original languageEnglish
Publisher or commissioning bodyRowman & Littlefield
Number of pages244
ISBN (Electronic)9781785523175
ISBN (Print)9781785523182
DateAccepted/In press - Mar 2019
DatePublished (current) - 2019

Abstract


In this collection of essays, Tariq Modood argues that to grasp the nature of the problem we have to see how Muslims have become a target of a cultural racism, Islamophobia. Yet, the problem is not just one of anti-racism but of an understanding of multicultural citizenship, of how minority identities, including those formed by race, ethnicity and religion, can be incorporated into national identities so all can have a sense of belonging together. This means that the tendency amongst some to exclude religious identities from public institutions and the re-making of national identities has to be challenged. Modood suggests that this can be done in a principled yet pragmatic way by drawing on Western Europe’s moderate political secularism and eschewing forms of secularism that offer religious groups a second-class citizenship.

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