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The Right of Religious Freedom in Contemporary Islamic Thought

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The Right of Religious Freedom in Contemporary Islamic Thought

Abstract

What are the dominant types of religiosity in contemporary Islamic thought? What is the impact of these religiosities on the notion of the right of religious freedom? How do these different religiosities address issues such as the violation of human rights in the name of religion? These issues are intrinsically linked to the theoretical religious, philosophical, political and moral models that these religiosities offer to today's Muslims in majority Muslim countries as well as in their countries of emigration where their minority diasporic experiences influence in turn the production of knowledge in their countries of birth. This research seeks to provide answers to these questions based on transnational perspectives on the right of religious freedom in contemporary Islamic thought, organized according to a tripartite typology: Muslim reformism, holistic activist islamism and Muslim liberal humanism. The focus of this analysis will be on two very specific concepts that are at the root of many tensions within contemporary Islamic thought on the right of religious freedom: ridda (apostasy) and zandaqa (heresy).
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