Charles Taylor blurbs Islam, Secularism, and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies, a new book by Nader Hashemi:

<br />This probing study shows how empty are the essentialist cliches that cast Islam as an obstacle to democracy. It offers a rich reflection on the proper definition of secularism for our time; and an insightful discussion of Islamic responses to secularism, both negative and positive. This book is a contribution to the global debate. It should be read from Vancouver to Vladivostock, from Djakarta to Rabat.

—Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, McGill University and author of A Secular Age

Read more about this book, including reviews from Vali Nasr, Benjamin Barber, Seyla Benhabib, Khaled Abou El Fadl and John Keane, at the Oxford University Press website. Also, visit Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel’s recent introduction to a dialogue between Akbar Ganji and Charles Taylor at The Immanent Frame.