Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report by Saba Mahmood

By Saba Mahmood

The plight of non secular minorities within the heart East is usually attributed to the failure of secularism to take root within the quarter. non secular distinction in a mundane Age demanding situations this overview by way of analyzing 4 cornerstones of secularism—political and civil equality, minority rights, spiritual freedom, and the felony separation of personal and public domains.

Drawing on her wide fieldwork in Egypt with Coptic Orthodox Christians and Bahais—religious minorities in a predominantly Muslim country—Saba Mahmood exhibits how smooth secular governance has exacerbated non secular tensions and inequalities instead of decreased them. Tracing the ancient profession of secular criminal thoughts within the colonial and postcolonial heart East, she explores how contradictions on the very center of political secularism have irritated and amplified latest sorts of Islamic hierarchy, bringing minority kinfolk in Egypt to a brand new historic deadlock. via a detailed exam of Egyptian lawsuits and constitutional debates approximately minority rights, conflicts round kinfolk legislation, and controversies over freedom of expression, Mahmood invitations us to mirror at the entwined histories of secularism within the heart East and Europe.

A provocative paintings of scholarship, spiritual distinction in a mundane Age demanding situations us to reconsider the promise and bounds of the secular perfect of non secular equality.

Saba Mahmood is professor of anthropology on the collage of California, Berkeley. She is the writer of Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist topic (Princeton) and the coauthor of Is Critique Secular? Blasphemy, damage, and unfastened Speech.

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1 Gross domestic product per head in 1975 and 2000 by region on various hypotheses for North-South relations (1970 us$) 19 7 5 No trade obstacles United States Japan EEC OECD Eastern Europe Developing countries 5132 2371 2752 3044 1700 290 8130 8230 6110 6470 5080 790 2000 North-South Preferential rupture links between zones 7780 3590 4450 4880 4730 656 8450 7560 5680 6270 5080 750 Source: OECD, Facing the Future, 1979. The scenarios confirm the intuition of those who, over the past four years, have proposed that financial and technical resources should be massively transferred to Third World countries, in order to contribute to their development and to facilitate the expansion of their relations with the industrial West.

P. 185. (4) World Bank, World Development Report 1979, Table 24. (5) Ibid: Table 23. 10 Excl. 78 Excl. 45 Total Excl. 81 Excl. 32 Excl. 50 Excl. 30 Food Raw materials Ores and minerals Fuels Non-ferrous metals Total 19 63 in billion$ Trade of Western intlustrial countries with Developing countries Annex Table II Chapter 2 THE ECONOMIC INTEREST OF THE CMEA COUNTRIES IN RELATIONS WITH DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Marian Paszynski* We do not intend to deal in this paper with the overall picture of economic relations between the CMEA and developing countries.

The change in economic structure, substitution and technical progress will obviously lead to reduced dependence of the CMEA economies upon raw-material imports, a phenomenon which is already taking place, and which in all probability will be accentuated in the future (30). On the other hand, a shift from the extensive to an intensive type of economic growth, with a greater role accorded to foreign trade in the allocative process (31). would lead to a greater specialisation in production and trade.

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