Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions
In his latest book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, Michael Walzer asks why leaders and militants of secular liberation have not been able to consolidate their achievement and reproduce themselves in successive generations. On the backdrop of the Arab Awakening and the growth of religiously based political groups in secular countries like Tunisia, Turkey, and Pakistan, this question is more acute than ever.
Based on her book The Awakening of the Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State, Jocelyne Cesari engaged in a discussion with Michael Walzer and José Casanova to discuss the role of religion in nation-building and the nature of religious nationalism in the post-Cold War era. Casanova shared expert insight on the characteristics of the secular/religious divide in today's politics.