Against the Grain

Secularism’s False Promise?

If the problem is religious polarization and inequality, isn’t the solution secular governance? Secularism, after all, promises the equality of citizens regardless of religious affiliation. Saba Mahmood argues that modern secular governance, contrary to its grand claims, has in fact exacerbated religious inequalities. It has also, she says, constrained our political imagination to a significant degree.

  • sheherazahde

    Great interview! I’m buying the books.
    There is a basic misunderstanding about what religion really is. Mahmood is correct that any definition is biased. Secularism is just another religion.

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