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Comparing Secularization in the Middle East

In today’s class with Dr. Nader Hashemi, we discussed the variants of secularization theory, and its implications for present day secular and religious state institutions. Two particularly interesting articles focus on secularization in the Muslim World.  The first, written by Nikki Keddie and published in 2003 by Daedalus, is an historical exploration of secularization in Europe, Middle East, and South Asia:  Keddie on secularism in Daedalus.  The second article by Vali Nasr, The Tragic Failures of Secularism from his book Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World, discusses the intertwines of Turkey and Iran and their separate struggles between secular and religious institutions, and subsequent failures to achieve a Western model of modernization.

After reading: What are the parallels between the two articles?  Contrasts?  Do Keddie and Nasr reject or support secularization theory in the context of the Middle East?  Do they differ in their respective stance on secularization theory?

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