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Promoting the Everyday: Pro-Sharia Advocacy and Public Relations in Ontario, Canada’s “Sharia Debate”

Religious Studies Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL A1C 5S7, Canada
Religions 2013, 4(3), 423-442; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel4030423
Received: 10 July 2013 / Revised: 10 September 2013 / Accepted: 12 September 2013 / Published: 17 September 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Islam, Immigration, and Identity)
Why, in the midst of public debates related to religion, are unrepresentative orthodox perspectives often positioned as illustrative of a religious tradition? How can more representative voices be encouraged? Political theorist Anne Phillips (2007) suggests that facilitating multi-voiced individual engagements effectively dismantles the monopolies of the most conservative that tend to privilege maleness. In this paper, with reference to the 2003–2005 faith-based arbitration debate in Ontario, Canada, I show how, in practice, Phillips’ approach is unwieldy and does not work well in a sound-bite-necessitating culture. Instead, I argue that the “Sharia Debate” served as a catalyst for mainstream conservative Muslim groups in Ontario to develop public relations apparatuses that better facilitate the perspectives of everyday religious conservatives in the public sphere. View Full-Text
Keywords: “Sharia Debate”; faith-based arbitration; representation; orthodoxy; advocacy; public relations; Muslims; Ontario; Canada “Sharia Debate”; faith-based arbitration; representation; orthodoxy; advocacy; public relations; Muslims; Ontario; Canada
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Selby, J.A. Promoting the Everyday: Pro-Sharia Advocacy and Public Relations in Ontario, Canada’s “Sharia Debate” . Religions 2013, 4, 423-442. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel4030423

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Selby JA. Promoting the Everyday: Pro-Sharia Advocacy and Public Relations in Ontario, Canada’s “Sharia Debate” . Religions. 2013; 4(3):423-442. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel4030423

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Selby, Jennifer A. 2013. "Promoting the Everyday: Pro-Sharia Advocacy and Public Relations in Ontario, Canada’s “Sharia Debate” " Religions 4, no. 3: 423-442. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel4030423

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