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Secularism: Western Europe
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The Western notion of secularism in the context of law means the withdrawal or dismissal of properties, people, or things from the churches' observance or power (Lübbe 1965, 23). In a more general sense secularism refers to theories of modernization which assumed, up until the late 1970s, that religion had lost its relevance and meanin…

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Klinkhammer, Gritt, “Secularism: Western Europe”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0144f>
First published online: 2009

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