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In this chapter he is defending Robert Bolt's play against the condescension of modern historians to its secularizing liberalism.
Diane Long Hoeveler's challenging new study, Gothic Riffs: Secularizing the Uncanny in the European Imaginary, 1780--1820, has two central aims.
Referring to the major changes taking place in the Arab world as a result of the popular uprisings against dictators and authoritarian governments, Hajjar said, "The change happening around us in the region must prompt the president to call again for the National Dialogue Committee to put as its priorities: Laying the foundation for a new social contract to solve the problem of (nonstate) arms and allow the Lebanese communities to proceed in the march toward secularizing the state both in its people and buildings.
He further said all conspiracies of secularizing the system and society have been invalidated.
Their topics include eating in the wilderness, food in the ordered city, secularizing diet, clean and unclean animals, and sacrifice and slaughter.
Whereas secularizing Westernized autocracies like the Shah's prompted upwellings of religious radicalism, Iran's religious dictatorship has produced a softening secularization that is likely to last, since both non-religious and faithful Iranians increasingly see representative government as indispensable to their values.