Chapter

Secularism

Azzam S. Tamimi

in Rachid Ghannouchi

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195140002
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834723 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195140001.003.0004

Series: Religion and Global Politics

Secularism

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Secularism is seen as one of the obstacles hindering democratization in the Arab region.

The process of secularization in North Africa, in particular, involved the disempowerment and marginalization of society's traditional institutions.

Islam does not pose a hindrance to free thinking and innovation.

Unlike the fruits of modernity in Europe, modernization in the Arab Maghreb has been a process of hegemony not liberalization, hence the terms pseudomodernity and pseudosecularism.

Secularism and modernity have both been used as weapons to silence opponents and justify despotism, the violation of human rights, and the confiscation of civil liberties.

Keywords: civil liberties; democratization; human rights; modernity; modernization; pseudomodernity; pseudosecularism; secularism; secularization

Chapter.  11134 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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