On the Emergence of a Western Islamic Public Sphere

By Dilyana Mincheva.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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The paper explores and defends the concept of a Western-Islamic public sphere (which is secular but not secularist and which is Islamic but not Islamist), within which a critical Islamic intellectual universe can unfold, dealing hermeneutically with texts and politically with lived practices. Central for the discussion of the Western-Islamic public sphere are the intellectual projects of Nasr Abu Zayd and Muhammad Arkoun. The Western-Islamic public sphere defines what is at stake in the formative play of public representations where traditionalist foundations and modernist adaptations meet, clash, and produce discourse around their common disequilibrium.

Keywords: Critical Islam, Quranic Hermeneutics, Muhammad Arkoun, Nasr Abu Zayd, Public Sphere

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, December 2014, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 589.332KB).

Dr. Dilyana Mincheva

Lecturer, Cultural Studies Department, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada