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Book review: Questioning secularism: Islam, sovereignty, and the rule of law in modern Egypt

Mullin, Corinna (2013) Book review: Questioning secularism: Islam, sovereignty, and the rule of law in modern Egypt. LSE Review of Books (04 Aug 2013). Blog Entry.

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"Questioning Secularism: Islam, Sovereignty, And The Rule Of Law In Modern Egypt." Hussein Ali Agrama. University of Chicago Press. November 2012. --- The central questions of the Arab uprisings—what is the appropriate relationship between religion and politics and what is the function of the national security state —have developed into a vigorous debate amongst actors from across the political spectrum. But what, exactly, is secularism? What is its relationship to the ‘deep state’ in Egypt? In Questioning Secularism, Hussein Ali Agrama focuses on the Fatwa councils and family law courts of Egypt just prior to the revolution, to argue that secularism is a historically contingent phenomenon that works through a series of paradoxes that it creates. He probes the meaning of secularism and the ambiguities that lie at its heart. Reviewed by Corinna Mullin.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2013 11:12
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2019 23:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/54324

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