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"Which role for religion in Europe? Is Islam a special case?"

 

Religion is coming back to Europe as a political ideology, although Europeans are still unaware of this. Politicization of the sacred is taking place, turning Europe into a battlefront between secular and religious. Religion, in its diversities, is the greatest challenge we face not only in Europe, but also in the world. Exclusion of religion, which is seen as a determinant of behavior of people, is a mistake we should avoid. The Church, which helped to fight communism, needs to be included in the process of building legitimacy in Europe. We need a common base to understand our elementary values, of which religion is part and parcel. We also need to separate Islam from Islamism and terrorism. In France difficulties of dealing with Islam are linked with profanation and secularization. Europeans need understanding and transcendence of religion, thereby enriching their spirituality. How can religion contribute to collaboration and coexistence in Europe? Why not have a European Islam?

 

-Summary by Akram Mukhamatkulov

Date: 27.02.2006