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New Meetup: September meetup

From: user 9.
Sent on: Friday, September 3, 2010 9:50 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Conflict Solutions International (London) - the Meetup!

What: September meetup

When: Wednesday, September 15,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Penderel's Oak
[masked] High Holborn, WC1V 7HP
London WC1V 6

hi All,

This time we will be discussing "The separation of Religion and State".

This topic came out from our last discussion about Pakistan and its future. however, it will not be limited to Pakistan but a broader discussion. A few initial questions/suggestions come into my mind:

Is the separation of state and religion is key to tolerance/Is it essential for society to respect cultural differences?
Is it a fundamental principle of democracy?
Or are religious systems politically compatible with democracy?
Do Western democracies have separation of church and state?
Is Islam compatible with the concept of separation of religion and state?
Can Islam and democracy work together?
What are the alternatives?

Below just a few links:

Separation of Religion and State in the Twenty-First Century
Comparing the Middle East and Western Democracies
Comparative Political Studies April 2005, Vol 37

World Separation of Religion and State Into the 21st Century
Comparative Political Studies June 2006, Vol 39

Ibn Warraq discusses the origins and importance of the concept of separation of religion and state.

Definition of separation of church and state & country examples

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