Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 10-2014

Publication Title

Politics, Religion, and Ideology

Volume

15

Issue

3

Pages

1-21

Abstract

I argue that the same factors (strategic and principled) that motivated Catholicism to champion liberal democracy are the same that motivate 21st Century Islam to do the same. I defend this claim by linking political liberalism to democratic secularism. Distinguishing institutional, political, and epistemic dimensions of democratic secularism, I show that moderate forms of political and epistemic secularism are most conducive to fostering the kind of public reasoning essential to democratic legitimacy. This demonstration draws upon the ambivalent impact of Indonesia’s Islamic parties in advancing universal social justice aims as against more sectarian policies.

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Politics, Religion & Ideology on October 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/21567689.2014.948594.

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