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Islamic modernity and the challenges for secular liberalism

Stefaan Blancke (UGent)
(2018) ZYGON. 53(1). p.274-287
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In his recent book Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West, Taner Edis discusses Islamic responses to the modern world and how the West deals and should deal with them. He argues convincingly that the biggest threat to secular liberalism is not fundamentalism but an Islamic form of modernity. He attributes some of the latter's success to Western neoliberalism and to the failure of secular liberals to come up with persuasive arguments. He thus puts part of the blame on the West. However, although self-criticism is an essential aspect of a well-functioning democracy, we should not take it too far. Instead, there exist convincing reasons why a secular liberal society is strongly preferable to a religious conservative one.
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accommodation, Islam, modernity, norms and values, religion, science and religion, secular liberalism

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Blancke, Stefaan. 2018. “Islamic Modernity and the Challenges for Secular Liberalism.” Zygon 53 (1): 274–287.
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Blancke, S. (2018). Islamic modernity and the challenges for secular liberalism. ZYGON, 53(1), 274–287.
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Blancke S. Islamic modernity and the challenges for secular liberalism. ZYGON. Wiley-Blackwell; 2018;53(1):274–87.
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Blancke, Stefaan. “Islamic Modernity and the Challenges for Secular Liberalism.” ZYGON 53.1 (2018): 274–287. Print.
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  abstract     = {In his recent book Islam Evolving: Radicalism, Reformation, and the Uneasy Relationship with the Secular West, Taner Edis discusses Islamic responses to the modern world and how the West deals and should deal with them. He argues convincingly that the biggest threat to secular liberalism is not fundamentalism but an Islamic form of modernity. He attributes some of the latter's success to Western neoliberalism and to the failure of secular liberals to come up with persuasive arguments. He thus puts part of the blame on the West. However, although self-criticism is an essential aspect of a well-functioning democracy, we should not take it too far. Instead, there exist convincing reasons why a secular liberal society is strongly preferable to a religious conservative one.},
  author       = {Blancke, Stefaan},
  issn         = {0591-2385},
  journal      = {ZYGON},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {274--287},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  title        = {Islamic modernity and the challenges for secular liberalism},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/zygo.12394},
  volume       = {53},
  year         = {2018},
}

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