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“In the last year, there have appeared a number of books eager to help us out of this quandary: What, they ask, is the proper place of religion in a democratic society?” Duke University’s James Chappel asks in a recent article in the Boston Review. Like Prof Tamcke and Dr Klein, he argues that secular societies have to engage with religion.

The Atlantic has an interview with Shadi Hamid, who claims that the failures of European secularism explain why many Muslims prefer theocratic rule.

Secularism in Europe

Tariq Modood writes on the ‘moderate secular state’ here and here.

Modern, democratic societies should not surpress certain views in dealing with the tensions of religious pluralism, writes Brendan Sweetman of Rockhurst University, Kansas.

Religion and conflict

‘Why the Arabs Don’t Want Us in Syria’, Robert F. Kennedy writes for Politico.

The University of Groningen also offers the FutureLearn course “Religion and Conflict”, in which the role of religion in various (violent) conflicts is examined.

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