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The Right To Be Different: Muslims In The Public Sphere

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Enshrining a partnership between Pakeha Anglo-Celtic culture and Maori culture (tikanga Maori), for practical intents and purposes New Zealand is cautiously multicultural. Few nations, however, have embraced the globalisation of anti-discrimination laws and human rights conventions with such fervour as New Zealand has. In the past when the Anglo-Celtic cultural identity dominated the national identity, vastly overshadowing the minority Maori identity, New Zealand's monochrome was hardly in doubt. This has undergone a considerable change in more recent years as cultural, ethnic, and religious plurality asserts itself. Modood demands equal respect for, and acceptance of, Muslims and equal rights in terms of recognition of their culture. The codification of Islamic exceptionalism in law is not only extremely difficult, but well-nigh impossible, even if it were desirable. Cesari as well as others have remarked on the 'remoralisation' of Islam in the West.

Keywords: anti-discrimination law; human rights convention; immigrant Muslim community; Islamic jurisprudence; Maori culture; Multiculturalism; New Zealand; Pakeha Anglo-Celtic culture; Western culture



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