In Cooperation with Sedef Sertkan and Zsófia Windisch
Introduction: Secularisms and Islam in Western and Post-Communist Societies
13 I n t ro d u c t i o n : S e c u l a r i s m s a n d I s l a m i n We s t e r n a n d Po s t - Co m m u n i s t S o c i e t i e s M a rg a re t Ra u s c h The two concepts constituting the main focus of this volume, Islamic education and secularism, are understood and approached in a variety of ways depending on the context. The contexts investigated in these arti- cles fall into two broad categories based on geographic location. The first category, the West, encompasses the United States and three countries of Western Europe: Germany, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The second category comprises ten post-communist societies located in two differ- ent regions. They include the Eastern European countries or regions of the Balkans, Slovenia, Ukraine, Russia, and the Russian federal subjects of Tatarstan and Dagestan, as well as the Central Asian republics of Azer- baijan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. The volume begins with two articles that discuss some important theoretical and conceptual points. I S L A M I C E D U C AT I O N : H I STO RY A N D C O N T E M P O R A RY A P P RO A C H E S Education, which is promoted by the foundational sources,...
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