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Salim Mansur
By Salim Mansur
Professor, University of Western Ontario
Salim Mansur is an associate professor in the faculty of social sciences at the University of Western Ontario, where he also teaches in the department of political science. He is the author of Islam’s Predicament: Perspectives of a Dissident Muslim and co-editor of The Indira-Rajiv Years: The Indian Economy and Polity 1966-199 and has published widely in academic journals.
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By Salim Mansur, Professor, University of Western Ontario
The question before us, I take it, centres on how we relate to the idea of multiculturalism, whether we see it positively in terms of the first principle of liberal democracy, or negatively. The first principle of liberal democracy is about individual freedom and the rule of law designed to protect it, while liberalism is an ideology, as the economist and historian of ideas Robert Heilbroner noted, supporting “a system of perfect liberty.”   (Full Story)

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