Religion and Democracy in Tension?

A Comparison between Christian and Muslim-Majority Societies

It is a widespread view in Western societies that liberal democracy and religious belief are fundamentally incompatible. From this perspective the separation between religious identity in the private realm and shared civic identity in the public sphere is critical for democracy. An alternative view sees religion as an element of the public sphere in its own right, particularly in those societies where religious belief and practice are vibrant.
An expert panel explored both perspectives and the questions they raise through a comparison of the experience of Christian-majority and Muslim-majority countries. Sohaira Siddiqui of Georgetown University in Qatar moderated the discussion.

This event is co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and is part of the Georgetown Global Futures Initiative.

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