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Secularism and Religiosity: Global Trends and Implications for Multicultural Societies
Ambassador Mohammad Alami Musa Head of Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies Programme
Ambassador Mohammad Alami Musa
Mr Acmal Zuheyr Iefan Bin Abdul Wahid Senior Analyst
Mr Acmal Zuheyr Iefan Bin Abdul Wahid
The study aims to understand global trends relating to (i) secularisation and desecularisation; (ii) rise or decline of religion; (iii) new age religions, spirituality and study the implications of these trends on multicultural societies. It will explore prospects of positive global developments and emerging risks of negative threats regarding religiosity and its intersection with secularity. It will survey the shifting models of state-religion relations and the different modes of governing multi-cultural societies. In this regard, the study will investigate the experiences of several countries and compare them with Singapore’s evolving model of state secularism. Secular state models of the UK, US, France, Turkey, India, and Indonesia will be studied. A specific issue that will be studied is the reconcilability between Islam and state secularism, to investigate if scepticism exists towards the secular state model amongst the religious elite.
|Theme:||Religion in Contemporary Society|