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18:00 - 20:00 7 December 2017

Muslim responses to westernization: Retreat from the secular path


IAS Common ground | Wilkins Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

Speaker information

John Esposito, Speaker, Georgetown University, John Esposito, University Professor & Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, Washington.
Hugh N. Kennedy, Respondent, SOAS, Hugh N. Kennedy, Professor of Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

The conventional wisdom in the late 20th century, which assumed the centrality of secularism, the separation of church and state, and viewed religion as a private affair, has been challenged in much of the Muslim world. The resurgence of Islam in Muslim politics and society has signalled a ‘Retreat from the Secular Path’. In this lecture, John Esposito will consider the ways in which Muslim social scientists, scholars, and political pundits have rethought the meanings of secularism and its relationship to state, law and society and discuss the realities on the ground - what major polls have reported majorities of Muslims have to say about the West and the relationship of Islam to state and society.


Maria Wyke
+44 (0) 2076797522 | m.wyke@ucl.ac.uk