chapter  8
18 Pages

The development of secularism and non-sectarianism in the Middle East

ByYOSHIKO KURITA

According to the prevailing orientalistic stereotype, the Middle East is conceived as a region which lacks the tradition of secularism. According to this view, the Middle East is automatically equated with the “Islamic world,” and Islam is conceived as a system that dominates both religious and political spheres.