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Street photography, humanism and the loss of innocence
Justin Carville

legislative measures to defend Irish society against growing secularism. As he observes, Newman believed ‘that spiritual life and individual faith were sustained by social habits that could be damaged by removal from a society within which religious norms prevailed. Urban life and the impersonal social structures of modernity made community intangible and faith difficult’ (Fanning 2014: 49). Lange’s photo-​essay, with its attention focused on rural Ireland and the timeless condition of familial and communal relations oriented around the church, offered a comforting image

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism
Priya Sara Mathews and Mathews McNeil- Willson

Introduction France has undergone a process of securitization highly colored by its colonial experience. Counter-terrorism – whilst deeply racialized in all European states – has been acutely felt by French Muslims, who have faced a coalescence of factors: a more aggressive Catholic-secularism coupled with increasingly narrow and

in Counter-terrorism and civil society
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Liberalism, Muslims and nation-state values
Sivamohan Valluvan

emphasis of this book, this integrationist lens remains fundamental to generating the wider public impression that the nation is contending with a malignant deluge of an alien, outsider population. 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. These are arguments that reach from Spiked, to the folksy but outspoken comedian Jonathan Pie, to intellectuals gone public such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the

in The clamour of nationalism
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Existentialist Islam as intercultural translation
Nadia Kiwan

, makes him a particularly interesting figure through which to investigate the circulation of narratives concerning French Muslims and their diverse relationships with political and social secularism. Bidar was born in 1971 in France to a French mother who had converted to Islam before his birth and who raised him as a Muslim. Bidar grew up in the Auvergne region before leaving at the age of eighteen to attend the Lycée Henri-​ IV in Paris in order to prepare for the entrance examinations for the prestigious École Normale Supérieure. As a former student of the École

in Secularism, Islam and public intellectuals in contemporary France
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David Hardiman

relatively transient form of this historical process, for modernity was associated above all with the ‘transition from a religious to a secular culture’. 18 From Max Weber onwards, sociologists have declared that secularism is the inevitable outcome of the process set in motion by the Enlightenment and its accompanying revolutions. In fact, it was just one important strand to modernity. Championed

in Missionaries and their medicine
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‘This is your hour’
John Carter Wood

shaped by various (not exclusively British) traditions and defined against ‘secularism’; and a public (intellectual) context marked by certain forms of action and authority. British Histories of ecumenical thought have often focused on its transnational elements. This approach can be enlightening; however, it is important to attend to the specificities of the national contexts in which most Christian groups and individuals lived the far greater parts of their lives and formed their worldviews. Rather

in This is your hour
Tanya Cheadle

Clapperton has necessarily precluded any elucidation of the connections between her life and work. This chapter remedies these elisions, for the first time tracing the familial and friendship networks that were vital in the formation of her views on sex. More particularly, it argues that it was her association with secularism, with individuals such as George Arthur Gaskell, James Cranbrook, Sarah Hennell and Charles Bray, and with organisations including the Malthusian League, which facilitated the germination of her transgressive ideas, freethought providing at once a

in Sexual progressives
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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

society. One must not blame religion or religious fundamentalism for the ills of the world. Radical secularism and the political pseudo-religions of fascism and communism have created as much misery and death as has religion during the twentieth century. In fact, it has often been religion that has inspired people to enormous sacrifices in resisting such tyrannies: Protestants in Nazi Germany, Catholics in

in Understanding political ideas and movements
The Catholic Church during the Celtic Tiger Years
Eamon Maher

1 Crisis, what crisis? The Catholic Church during the Celtic Tiger years Eamon Maher Any book purporting to offer a socio-­cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger cannot fail to deal with the thorny issue of Irish Catholicism. There is a commonly held belief that the Celtic Tiger hastened a wave of aggressive secularism that proved fatal to the hallowed status of organized religion in Ireland, and particularly to the majority faith, Roman Catholicism. However, such a perspective fails to recognize the steady decline in vocations to the priesthood from the beginning

in From prosperity to austerity
David Hesse

rebels: wild folk, tribal people. Their world has not been disenchanted by science and secularism. They kept what most Europeans lost in the civilising process, during the Reformation, urbanisation, and the establishment of consumer capitalism. The Scots resisted; Norbert Elias never made them wear trousers. They retained that ‘peculiar hardihood which is supposed to dispense with the most essential part of modern clothing’.6 They resisted the modernist cleansing, held on to their old Gaelic tongue, their old traditions. And in today’s world of health and safety

in Warrior dreams