Posts Tagged ‘John Esposito’
In the Huffington Post, Professor of Religion and International Affairs John L. Esposito argues that American and European governments need to take a more nuanced and inclusive tack in their efforts towards democratization in the Arab World—and that means, in particular, acknowledging a legitimate role for non-violent political Islam.
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im’s expressed goal in Islam and the Secular State: Negotiating the Future of Shari’a is to convince Muslims on religious grounds that, in order for Islam to flourish, they need to establish secular states based on the protection of human rights. I would say in response that convincing Muslims of this would inflect Islamic politics progressively in a world where most of the forces that shape Islamic politics are not indigenously Islamic. [...]