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Historian Joan Scott: 'Hardline secularism is as bad as hardline Islam'

"Secularism has been used to justify the subordination of women" is the provocative argument at the heart of the latest book by acclaimed cultural historian, scholar and author Joan Scott. "Sex and Secularism" explores how the separation of the state from religious institutions has allowed gender inequality to flourish. Scott explains her groundbreaking theories - contentious subject matter given French secular pride - in today’s Perspective segment.

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“Sex and Secularism” has recently been translated into French under the title “La Religion de la Laïcité”.

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