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Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 10, Issue 1, 2013

Axiology of Islam

Haggag Ali
Pages 85-98
DOI: 10.5840/cultura20131015

Secularism
from Solidity to Liquidity

In contemporary Western and Arab cultural critique, secularism as a worldview is believed to have experienced inherent transformations from solid rational materialism (the emphasis on reason, science, progress, emancipation, industrialization, and nation building) to liquid non-rational materialism (the celebration of the body, sex, global markets and consumption). This paper explores the arguments of both Zygmunt Bauman and Abdelwahab Elmessiri who advocate this thesis in the light of the major manifestations of these transformations.