Synopsis: In today’s reality of nation states, we often find ourselves living in societies, which contain a polychromatic citizenry or citizens of multi-faith/multi-ethnic backgrounds. In this global age, there are roughly two hundred independent states that contain 600 living language groups, and 5000 ethnic groups. Furthermore, such a diverse citizenry must imply a shared, as well as, a diverse set of perspectives, practices and values that are important to the citizens of these polities. And what should these citizens do when these values appear to conflict with one another? Ultimately, we may need to ask which values we will consider in shaping our society to protect, as well as empower citizens of different backgrounds and co-cultures.
The purpose of this lecture is to propose a reappraisal of the notion of secularism and liberty within the context of societies with a polychromatic citizenry. Furthermore, Dr Ajani will suggest some frames of reference which could be helpful in theorizing liberty and secular spaces for a polychromatic citizenry.
Biography: Dr Malik Ajani is an academic with expertise in political/social science and philosophy. His area of specialization is in Citizenship, Diversity and Society. He holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London and completed the MA in Muslim Cultures at Aga Khan University Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.