Rethinking Secularism: Can Europe Integrate its Muslims?
In Western Europe, right into the 1990s, and in contrast to India and some Muslim-majority countries for instance, there was a sense across the political spectrum that political secularism was a done deal. It was a non-issue, with perhaps some reaction if some secularists pushed for the historical development to be speeded up or taken too far.
Yet, this century is proving to be a time for re-thinking secularism (what some call ‘post-secularism’) across the globe. Different parts of the world have their own re-thinking in process and of course start in quite different places – as this series of blogs will discuss. In the case of Western Europe the debate has crucially to do with the reality of multiculturalism.