In Religious Difference in a Secular Age (2016), Saba Mahmood calls into question one of secularism’s greatest boasts—that it makes possible pluralistic societies that protect the rights of religious minorities. Rather than bolstering neutrality toward religion, she demonstrates how secularism instead creates and exacerbates interreligious conflicts. As Nermeen Mouftah discusses in this essay, to accomplish this, Mahmood probes reckonings with and representations of history. Indeed, history is the scaffolding for two distinct forms of the secular.
Research Article|August 01 2018
History and Fiction in Secular Time
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (2018) 38 (2): 451-456.
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Nermeen Mouftah; History and Fiction in Secular Time. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 August 2018; 38 (2): 451–456. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201x-6982202
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