Multiculturalism and Cultural Pluralism

Ramin Jahanbegloo

in Talking Politics

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071549
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081349 | DOI:
Multiculturalism and Cultural Pluralism

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This chapter focuses on Bhikhu Parekh’s views on multiculturalism and pluralism. To begin with, he defines ‘multiculturalism’ and traces the differences between moral and cultural diversity. Moving forward, the chapter takes note of the things that modern western society can learn from immigrant communities. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the concepts of monism and pluralism, where Parekh introduces the concept of pluralist universalism. From here the discussion shifts to intercultural dialogue and liberal universality. Besides, he questions why religious people should go into a dialogue with each other or with secularists, and confirms his belief that liberalism can also be formed in third world countries. The final section of the chapter concerns the uneasy acceptance of Muslim communities in Europe and in the United States and how Muslims should break free from their violent interpretation of Islam.

Keywords: multiculturalism; pluralism; monism; pluralist universalism; intercultural dialogue; liberal universality; liberalism

Chapter.  8714 words. 

Subjects: Indian Politics

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