Secularizing and liberal?
This chapter points out that the suggestion of this research is not that the Islamists are willingly supporting secularization or that they can be seen as liberals. The Islamist insistence on the internal coherence of religious practice, its appropriateness to tackle the challenges of modern life, and the competition among Islamist groups have resulted in a broad and deep conscious thinking-through of the role of religion in contemporary Muslim life. The analysis of Wendy Brown permitted the questioning of the implicit and seemingly timeless association between secularism and tolerance. The contemporary association of secularism and secularization with liberalism is open to question as the Islamist notions of justice, freedom, and the individual differ significantly from those dominant in contemporary liberal discourse. Often the most fundamental difference between the Islamists and the liberals was taken to be their relationship with violence.
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