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Tawḥīd al ’uluhiyya, Secularism, and Political Islam
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Religion and Society, ISSN 1522-5658, Vol. 16, 1-7 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, a particular aspect of the Islamic notion of tawḥīd is described and explored with regard to its consequences for Islam’s relationship to secular society. It is argued that strains of Islam informed by the widespread, orthodox interpretation of this tawḥīd al ‘uluhiyya, or “the oneness of creation’s worship of God,” cannot be coherently harmonized with the notion of a secular, political order wherein religion and the public sphere are strictly separated. On this basis, it is then argued that inclusion of non-secular political Islam within the framework of liberal democracy is likely a preferable development in the interests of minimizing future international and domestic conflict, and supporting autonomous popular rule in Islamic states.

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Omaha: The Kripke Center , 2014. Vol. 16, 1-7 p.
Keyword [en]
Islam, secularism, democracy, human rights, liberalism, liberal democracy, confessional politics, secular Islam, democratization
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Religious Studies
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-221222OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-221222DiVA: diva2:707977
Available from: 2014-03-26 Created: 2014-03-26 Last updated: 2014-03-26Bibliographically approved

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