Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam, and “Overlapping Consensus” [Full Text]


Political liberalism allows for a wide range of disagreement on moral matters and does not insist on Muslim assimilation to all aspects of liberal culture. If it is true that the liberalism of most modern European and North American societies is more “Rawlsian” (pluralistic and neutral between conceptions of the good) than “Voltairean” (committed to a robust and true conception of autonomy and scientific rationality to which the religious must conform), then we have an obligation to evaluate the political thought of someone like Ramadan from this perspective: Is he endorsing the liberal terms of social cooperation on principled grounds or not? Is Ramadan calling on Muslims to endorse European citizenship or is he peddling an esoteric doctrine of subversion from within liberal societies, which a close reading of his utterances will reveal?

via Reading Tariq Ramadan: Political Liberalism, Islam, and “Overlapping Consensus” [Full Text].

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I am an independent researcher and blogger interested in everything under the sun, but more so in the philosophy and history of education and education reform generally, and specifically in the so-called post colonial contexts

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