An-Na’im, Abdullahi Ahmed

Shari’a and the Secular State the Middle East and Europe

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Lecture der Fritz Thyssen Stiftung 2009

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“The core theoretical argument I am making in this lecture is that the same basic approach to mediating the relationship between religion and the state should apply whether Muslims are the majority or the minority of the population. Foru our purposes in this lecture, the same model of religion-state relations should apply in the Middle East and in Europe provided each religious community is treated as it is, and not as if it is another community. For each community to have teh same relationship with the state, it is as incoherent and counter-productive to expect Christians to organize or behave like Muslims as the reverse.” (An-Na’im)

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