Moderate Secularism and Multicultural Equality

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Tariq Modood argues that European states are only 'moderately secular' and that this kind of secularism is compatible with public accommodation of religious groups and provides a model of Muslim integration appropriate for European states. Although attention to the fact of moderate secularism provides a response to a prominent argument against multicultural accommodation of religious minorities, what is really at stake in discussions of multiculturalism and secularism are political principles. Modood's case for accommodation of Muslims along the lines of moderate secularism presupposes a normative conception of equality, but his characterisation of multicultural equality is inadequate in several respects.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)160-168
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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