The Time of Faith: Contemporary Muslims, Secularists, and Anxieties Over the Nature of History
10 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2006
Date Written: 2006
My idea is simple: much of the current tension between Muslims and non-Muslims, particularly but not exclusively in Europe, is formed by and around different ideas about the nature of human history. To discuss this simple, but perhaps somewhat elusive, idea, I want to use three things: a recently notorious text, and two caricatures, or what we might more politely and following Weber refer to as ideal-types. I believe we will find that focusing on historical imaginations presents questions of considerable intellectual interest, and even, perhaps, opportunities for political and social rapprochement.
Keywords: Islam, Muslims, Europe, secularism, history, faith, modern
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