Secularism is the most misunderstood and misconstrued
term. The study analyses the comprehension of the concept of secularism
in the minds of youth in Pakistan. A brief survey was conducted among
200 media students in a public university, and four focus groups were
conducted to explore their understanding of secularism and its
relationship with Islam. The survey was comprised of straight forward
three items asking for unambiguous responses. The findings revealed
that secularism, by any definition, and are not an unambiguous notion
for the youth in Pakistan despite the fact that contemporary Muslim
religious scholars do not view secularism as a negation of Islam.
Secularism to them represents a concept in competition with traditional
religion. It is essentially linked to the issues of ethical particularism
rather than a neutral, positive ideology that asks for the separation of
state and religion.
1-Ifra Iftikhar Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Lahore Garrison University, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Irem SultanaAssistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication, Government College University, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Rao Shahid Mahmood Khan Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.