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The Problem of Religious DiversityEuropean Challenges, Asian Approaches$
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Anna Triandafyllidou and Tariq Modood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474419086

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474419086.001.0001

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Religion and Religious Diversity Challenges Today

Religion and Religious Diversity Challenges Today

(p.1) 1 Religion and Religious Diversity Challenges Today
The Problem of Religious Diversity

Anna Triandafyllidou

Tariq Modood

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter introduces the geopolitical and conceptual framework within which this book is placed. It starts by discussing recent changes in Europe and the world that have framed the governance of religious diversity and then moves on to critically address the concept of secularism and whether it offers the appropriate normative tools to address religion today. It suggests that some European versions of political secularism – specifically, moderate secularism – are designed to be accommodative of religion but are not sufficiently adapted to contemporary diversity. Asia and the Middle East have much experience of accommodating diversity even if the dominant trend at the moment is majoritarian nationalism. The chapter concludes with an outline of the contents of this volume.

Keywords:   Secularism, moderate secularism, religious diversity, nationalism, republicanism, liberalism, Europe, Asia, Middle East

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