IF WE LOOKED at the headlines, we might imagine that religion and global citizenship were two totally incompatible issues. What grab the headlines are the religious extremists, and we hear stories about clashes of civilisation between a progressive secular West and religious people whose dogmatisms cause them to drag their feet.

We hear a great deal about a phenomenon called ‘Islamic fundamentalism’. The term is unsatisfactory. Fundamentalism is not specifically Islamic. Of the three monotheistic religions Islam was the last to develop a fundamentalist strain, in the late 1960s. Fundamentalism ...


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