How useful are the theories of secularization or secularity
for understanding this new and unexpected reality?
The cancer of communal hatred, the threat to the secularity
of the Constitution, the concerted attempt to paint India saffron are all there for anyone to see.
In On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity
, Daniel Colucciello Barber explains the interrelationship of Christianity and secularism, how the one learns from the other.
In these conditions, the principle of secularity
The Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue, Woolf Institute -- Cambridge and the Muhammad Bin Hamad Al-Thani Centre for Muslim Contribution to Civilisation at Hamad Bin Khalifa University's Faculty of Islamic Studies (QFIS) are jointly holding a public lecture today by Lord Rowan Williams on "Secularity
: Good or Bad; Religious Perspective" from 6.30pm to 8pm at the QFIS building auditorium.
, or secularization, entails an "ability to create a neutralizing medium with expanding frontiers--a medium that rejects the inevitable particularisms harbored or generated by religion, no matter how universal and all-inclusive that religion may understand itself to be." This neutralizing medium is the social and political space of communal worldly human life, one not immediately derived from any sectarian religious perspective.
As for figures like Muharrem ynce and Mustafa Balbay -- who also wish to take control of the CHP -- their arguments often return to the idea that the CHP needs to be more vocal in the defense of "essential" values like secularity
. It is their hope that in presenting society with a more charismatic leader of this party, they will finally solve some of the CHP's problems.
The political, military, and educational reforms initiated by the Tanzimat and Hamidian generations help give birth to a new generation of educated elites, whom Gurpinar refers to as the Unionist generation that would be open to ideas of nationalism and secularity
that were influencing younger generations throughout Europe at that time.
It seeks to take stock of the sea change that has taken place in the thinking about the relationship between religion and secularity
in the last twenty-odd years.
The introduction examines Habermas' recent work and points out the renewed interest on religion among many social theorists after a century of inattention because of expectations for the demise of religion in the face of seemingly inexorable secularity
. Therefore, when Habermas began to pay direct attention to religion a little over a decade ago and even to call for a "post-secular society," seismic waves rippled through philosophy and social theory circles.
While the new leader has attempted to clean the party of its racist and anti-Semitic stains since she took over from her father in 2011, the National Front is still vocal about its position against radical ideologies, and joins the republican lacite (secularity