On the Emergence of a Western Islamic Public Sphere

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  • Title: On the Emergence of a Western Islamic Public Sphere
  • Author(s): Dilyana Mincheva
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Religion in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society
  • Keywords: Critical Islam, Quranic Hermeneutics, Muhammad Arkoun, Nasr Abu Zayd, Public Sphere
  • Volume: 4
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2014
  • ISSN: 2154-8633 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8641 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v04i03/50987
  • Citation: Mincheva, Dilyana. 2014. "On the Emergence of a Western Islamic Public Sphere." The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 4 (3): 15-26. doi:10.18848/2154-8633/CGP/v04i03/50987.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

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.