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Lexicon

Democracy

In the Greek polis the meaning of the term “democracy” implied the government of a vast majority of the people, the “plebs”, as opposed to the aristocracy.

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Multiculturalism

The word began to be used at the end of the Eighties in the United States to indicate an ideal society in which various cultures could co-exist with reciprocal respect, but avoiding all domination and assimilation into the dominant culture..

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Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism means the literal and dogmatic interpretation of holy texts (but these may also be secular texts), the prescriptive indications of which are considered the foundations of all action.

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The Mediterranean

Mediterranean: literally the sea in the middle of lands, a bordering sea, and linking these lands. This characteristic makes the Mediterranean a sea that does belong to all the countries overlooking it, but to none in particular, a shared sea, not available for becoming private property..

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Cultural Pluralism, The Challenge of our Time

“Cultural pluralism” is a recent concept in Europe to the extent that many do not know what it means.

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Reset
A month of ideas.
Giancarlo Bosetti Editor-in-chief
Association for dialogue and intercultural understanding
Philosophy and Religion
IT Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Man who took the Koran away from extremists

After the dossier entitled Remembering Abu Zayd, our tribute to the great Egyptian philospher who died in July continues. These are new contributions from his friends and colleagues.

Nasr my teacher
Navid Kermani

The case of Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd
Abdou Filali-Ansary

Farewell, Master of critical thought
Sadik Al-Azm

The bitter destiny of a brave man
Paolo Branca

The «evolution» of the Koran
Massimo Campanini

Portrait of an Islamic freethinker

Ramin Jahanbegloo

A pioneer for democracy

Fred Dallmayr

My personal hero
Abdullahi A. An-Na'im


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interesd to reseddoc

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