In the previous few years, the Muslim presence in Europe has been more and more perceived as ‘problematic’. occasions such as the French ban on headscarves in public faculties, the book of the so-called ‘Danish cartoons’, and the speech of Pope Benedict XVI on the collage of Regensburg have hit front pages of newspapers internationally, and brought on a few scholarly debates on Muslims’ potential to conform with the doubtless impartial and pluralistic principles of eu secularity.
Luca Mavelli argues that this angle has avoided an in-depth mirrored image at the limits of Europe’s secular culture and its function in Europe’s conflictual stumble upon with Islam. via an unique interpreting of Michel Foucault’s religious thought of information and an engagement with key thinkers, from Thomas Aquinas to Jurgën Habermas, Mavelli articulates a contending family tree of eu secularity. whereas no longer denying the latter’s achievements when it comes to pluralism and autonomy, he means that Europe’s secular culture has additionally contributed to varieties of isolation, which translate into Europe’s incapability to understand its stumble upon with Islam as a chance instead of a threat.
Drawing in this theoretical standpoint, Mavelli bargains a contending account of a few of crucial contemporary controversies surrounding Islam in Europe and investigates the ‘postsecular’ as a normative version to interact with the tensions on the middle of ecu secularity. eventually, he advances the potential for a Europe keen to reassess its validated secular narratives that may determine within the stumble upon with Islam a chance to flourish and domesticate its democratic features and postnational commitments.
This paintings may be of significant curiosity to scholars and students of faith and diplomacy, social and political idea, and Islam in Europe.