God's Voice in a Secular Society

A Muslim Perspective

in European Judaism
Author: Taniya Hussain
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Abstract

This article addresses the problem of defining the terms ‘secularism’ and ‘religion’ and the difficulty of accepting the strict separation of religion from politics that some say is needed for a truly secular society. It offers a ‘relationship model’ for religion that sees it as the practice of balancing the responsibilities arising from the relationships between oneself, God, fellow human and living beings and the environment. Examining the attitudes of the Founding Fathers of European secularism, it argues that secular society can only exist if we face the shadows of our colonial past and the literalist theological narrative which is quickly being digested within some Muslim communities. This narrative and how it is affecting Muslim communities in Europe, as well as the shadows of the colonial past, pose a danger to secular society and affects all communities across Europe and these are conversations that need to be held.

Contributor Notes

Taniya Hussain qualified as a social worker in 1991. She has been working for Wandsworth Youth Offending Team since 1997. She also runs an Online Business offering transformations, called Taniya Hussain Coaching and Consultancy Services. Taniya lives in London with her husband and three sons.

European Judaism

A Journal for the New Europe

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