Religious secularity: A vision for revisionist political Islam

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Ghobadzadeh, Naser. (2013). Religious secularity: A vision for revisionist political Islam. Philosophy and Social Criticism. 39(10), pp. 1002 - 1024. https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453713507014
AuthorsGhobadzadeh, Naser
Abstract

Despite its promises, the Islamic state of Iran has systematically prioritized political considerations over religious precepts, inadvertently generating a reformist religious discourse that challenges the very foundations of the Islamic state. This article conceptualizes the religious secularity discourse and the paradoxes ingrained in the Islamic state. The religious secularity discourse rejects the notion that Islamic holy texts offer a blueprint for governance and calls for the secular democratic state to realize the core principle of Islam: justice [Adl]. Towards this end, inclusive secular democratic principles champion a socio-political polity conducive to the cultivation of genuine religiosity, whereby faith and religious practices are free of coercion by fellow citizens or state institutions. By blurring the boundary between the religious and the secular and challenging the religious secular dichotomy, religious secularity highlights the relevance and possibility of harmonizing Islamic and inclusive secular democratic principles.

Year2013
JournalPhilosophy and Social Criticism
Journal citation39 (10), pp. 1002 - 1024
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0191-4537
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453713507014
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84888613267
Page range1002 - 1024
Research GroupInstitute for Social Justice
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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