John M. Owen IV is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. His newest book is Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2014). He is author of The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010 (Princeton, 2010), and of Liberal Peace, Liberal War: American Politics and International Security (Cornell, 1997), and co-editor of Religion, the Enlightenment, and the New Global Order (Columbia, 2011).
Is Islamist-Secularist a Contradiction in Terms?
How oxymoronic is “Islamic-Secularist”? Owen says plenty, but that some hybrid is inevitable....