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On the Muslim Question$
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Anne Norton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157047

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157047.001.0001

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On the Muslim Question: Philosophy, Politics, and the Western Street

On the Muslim Question: Philosophy, Politics, and the Western Street

(p.1) Introduction On the Muslim Question: Philosophy, Politics, and the Western Street
On the Muslim Question

Anne Norton

Princeton University Press

This introduction examines how the figure of the Muslim has become the center where questions of political philosophy and political theology, politics and ethics converge. It explains how the Muslim question has depicted Islam as the preeminent danger to politics; to Christians, Jews, and secular humanists; to women, sex, and sexuality; to the values and institutions of the Enlightenment. It considers how liberty, equality, and fraternity become not imperatives but questions in relation to Muslims and Islam. It argues that European states—indeed all the states of the liberal and social democratic West—are faced with continuing questions about their commitment to democracy and about the status of women, sexuality, equality and difference, faith and secularism.

Keywords:   political philosophy, political theology, Muslim question, Islam, women, sexuality, Muslims, West, democracy, secularism

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