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Human rights discourse is inherently multicultural, and multicultural discourse is messy. The reality of discourse on the post-secular manifests in various books and websites. This manifestation has led to religion resurfacing in the public realm. At some level, the academy that poses as secular is a small and politically inconsequential voice in the national and international arena. Among the restrictions that secular discourse would attempt to dictate are those suggested in projects to re-enchant a world that has become spiritually, epistemically, politically, and perhaps humanly desiccated by the relegation of talk of the sacred to the private realm.

The purely secular has not succeeded in liberating women in the United States. At this point in U.S. politics, U.S. women are hardly in a place to claim that they help Muslim women. A key reason external attempts to intervene on behalf of U.S. women are so ludicrous is that “changing the subject” is not something anyone can just do. Rather, U.S. women can support and affirm the aspects of Islam that speak to their hearts, and applaud and engage their Muslim sisters.

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Emily Albrink Hartigan, Engaged Surrender in the Void: Post-Secularist "Human" Rights Discourse and Muslim Feminists [sic], 22 J.L. & Religion 131 (2006).

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