Valuing the nation
Liberalism, Muslims and nation-state values
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This chapter explores the assertion of 'muscular liberalism' and civic nationalism. The presumed liberal inadequacy of the Muslim has found many paths of late, ranging from the alleged hollowing out of secularism to the increasingly loud hectoring about the supposed repression of free speech. The nation-state is not being fortified in the interest of racist assertion for its own violent sake. It is instead the mobilisation of a liberal common sense rooted in European imperialism that sees the transcendent value order constitutive of the nation being gravely endangered by the excess of typically Muslim outsiders who call the country home but are not of the nation. It is the Muslim who is the primary negative object of these assorted integrationist declamations. To reiterate, it is the figure of the Muslim who comes to be seen as a particularly ominous and disposable subject within this liberal register of civic nationalism.

The clamour of nationalism

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