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Should the State be Neutral towards Religion? What is wrong with State-Religion Entanglements?

Dates:
  • Wed 09 Apr 2014 13.00 - 15.00
  Add to Calendar 2014-04-09 13:00 2014-04-09 15:00 Europe/Paris Should the State be Neutral towards Religion? What is wrong with State-Religion Entanglements?

Tariq Modood will focus on two objections against State-Religion Connections: “they violate liberal state neutrality” and “they alienate citisens who do not identify with the religion(s) that the state promotes”.
On the first point, the speaker will concentrate on the concept of neutrality: he will explain why it can be misleading. In relation to the second, alienation, Tariq Modood will argue that there is no evidence that religious minorities are alienated by existing state religion connexions in Europe; rather they the reason behind alienation seems the antipathy to religion in general, and Islam in particular, by certain states and politically dominant groups.

Bhikhu Parekh will center his talk on the following statement, and on its implications: much of the current discussion of secularism suffers from four limitations. First: it concentrates on Abrahamic religions. Second: It is dominated by the experiences of European religious wars. Third: it assumes that secularism comes equally easily to and is neutral between all religions. Finally, it is uncertain of its own grounds and contains areas of incoherence.

This event is hosted by the Migration Working Group.

Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Tariq Modood will focus on two objections against State-Religion Connections: “they violate liberal state neutrality” and “they alienate citisens who do not identify with the religion(s) that the state promotes”.
On the first point, the speaker will concentrate on the concept of neutrality: he will explain why it can be misleading. In relation to the second, alienation, Tariq Modood will argue that there is no evidence that religious minorities are alienated by existing state religion connexions in Europe; rather they the reason behind alienation seems the antipathy to religion in general, and Islam in particular, by certain states and politically dominant groups.

Bhikhu Parekh will center his talk on the following statement, and on its implications: much of the current discussion of secularism suffers from four limitations. First: it concentrates on Abrahamic religions. Second: It is dominated by the experiences of European religious wars. Third: it assumes that secularism comes equally easily to and is neutral between all religions. Finally, it is uncertain of its own grounds and contains areas of incoherence.

This event is hosted by the Migration Working Group.


Location:
Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Working group

Organiser:
Prof. Anna Triandafyllidou

Discussant:
Prof. Olivier Roy (EUI-RSCAS)

Contact:
Francesca Elia - Send a mail

Speaker:
Tariq Modood (University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship University of Bristol)
Professor Bhikhu Parekh (University of Westminster)
 
 

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