The Centre for Secular Space: Why Now?
The Centre for Secular Space has just published its first book: Double Bind: The Muslim Right, the Anglo-American Left, and Universal Human Rights. It can be ordered from lulu.com. We launched Double Bind at a very successful event in London on Feb. 11 and the New York launch will be Friday, March 1, 7-9 at the New School, 66 W. 11th Street, 5th floor, with a panel including ANN SNITOW, ANISSA HELIE, AFIYA ZIA & MEREDITH TAX. To register, write admin [at] centreforsecularspace.org.
We have founded the Centre for Secular Space to address critical gaps in understanding of the relationship between terrorism, fundamentalism and peace and security, using a feminist analysis. We believe that strategic discussions of peace and security must expand to include secularism and universality, since one of the greatest sources of conflict in today’s world is the mobilization of religion and culture for political gain.
Secularism is key to strengthening civil society and building democracy, because gender, religious minority, and sexual rights become issues whenever human rights are limited by religion, culture, or political expediency. The Centre for Secular Space will expose threats by fundamentalist groups and take note when human rights and other organizations fail to uphold their own standards on gender and discrimination.