Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

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Viewpoints on the secular state and religious diversity

The Archbishop of Canterbury's "Civil and Religious Law in England: A Religious Perspective" (Guardian Unlimited - 7 February 2008)

as I hope to suggest, the issues that arise around what level of public or legal recognition, if any, might be allowed to the legal provisions of a religious group, are not peculiar to Islam: we might recall that, while the law of the Church of England is the law of the land, its daily operation is in the hands of authorities to whom considerable independence is granted.

Tariq Modood's "Multicultural Citizenship and the Anti-Sharia Storm" (Open Democracy – 14 February 2008)

This is a moment to reaffirm the principles on which social harmony is founded.

Rajeev Bhargava's "Political Secularism"

Secularism is a beleaguered doctrine. The predicted decline of religion or its privatization has

failed to occur, in non-western and western societies alike.