The Time of Faith: Contemporary Muslims, Secularists, and Anxieties Over the Nature of History

10 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2006

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Westbrook, David A., The Time of Faith: Contemporary Muslims, Secularists, and Anxieties Over the Nature of History (2006). Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2006-010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=898869 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.898869

David A. Westbrook (Contact Author)

University at Buffalo Law School ( email )

School of Law
528 O'Brian Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
United States

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