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Secularism: Arab States (excepting North Africa and the Gulf)
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If secularism is regarded as a political ideology the aim of which is to remove religion from public political life, then secularism does not fare well in the Arab countries in the early twenty-first century. Political parties and movements, which only a few decades ago publicly advocated a firm separation between religion and state, dīn and dawla, now keep a low profile in such matters, or have lost their political influence. But if secularism is understood as the process by which “religion” is perceived as separate and different from “non-religion,…

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Rabo, Annika, “Secularism: Arab States (excepting North Africa and the Gulf)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0144a>
First published online: 2009

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