Introduction: Theoretical Approaches to Cultural Diversity

Filali-Ansary Abdou

in The Challenge of Pluralism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639694
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653195 | DOI:
Introduction: Theoretical Approaches to Cultural Diversity

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Pluralism is seen as antithetical to Islam. Characterized by unity, Muslim societies are often thought to be incompatible with the notion of pluralism. This volume provides a collection of essays that addresses the common assumptions about Islam and its incompatibility with pluralism. These essays explore the notions of pluralism, with emphasis on its significance to modern-day societies. The essays also explore secularism, multiculturalism, democracy, globalization, and the role of civil society. In this volume, the purpose is to reconsider moments in history and expressions of thought from new perspectives and seek understanding of what could be original ways of facing the fact of diversity and the challenge offered by the Qur'anic verses mentioned in this introductory chapter.

Keywords: pluralism; Islam; secularism; multiculturalism; democracy; globalization; civil society; diversity

Chapter.  2613 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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