With the upheavals in the Arab world tensions have been growing between ‘secular’ and ‘Islamic’ conceptions of society. Both in political confrontations in Tunisia as well as with the recent military coup in Egypt or the war in Syria an unbridgeable separation between Islamic and as secular defined notions and ideas seems to have burned in. Under conditions of extreme poverty, war, and ongoing interventions an existing pluralism of societal designs seems to be obviously no longer negotiable. Basic ideas – be it ‘secular’ or be it ‘Islamic’- are subject to a logic of confrontation and are being used as an important weapon in political debates. Can there still be such a thing as ‘Beyond Secularism and Islamism’ and how could that look like?
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Professor Mohamed Rabie, international political economist, American citizen and Palestinian from a refugee camp in Jericho, explains the history which led to the current situation between Israel and the Palestinians. Due to Dr. Rabie’s personal involvement during the peace process, he is able to present some fascinating insights into the peace talks and the people involved.