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secular

1. not religious.
2. over long periods of time; gradual.

secular changes, trends
changes that occur over long periods, as long as decades.
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Nevertheless, the beginning of democracy in political system of Egypt has made both secularists and religionists co-exist.
In terms of elections, the Brotherhood will have their bloc, and quite possibly the highest voter turnout amongst all the parties, but the Islamists will have a hard time securing the majority they need if the secularists do their homework.
Meanwhile, Islamists act in the belief that they can mobilise the public and portray their opponents as a bunch of secularists hungry for power," he added.
The secularists are organizing an opposition coalition under the leadership of Beji Caid Essebsi, the former interim prime minister who also served in the government of former President Habib Bourguiba.
Ennahda has sought to assure secularists that it has no intention of enforcing Islamic rules, but it has struggled to control more conservative Islamists who have been outspoken in their demands that religion play a greater role in public life.
Hajj Mahmoud's sincere attitude towards democracy could be one of the reasons why the liberals, secularists and fossilised political parties were defeated.
Ennahda has reassured Tunisians it will not impose a Muslim moral code on society and will respect women's equality, but the comments by Jbeli were interpreted by secularists as evidence the party has a hidden agenda.
The signatories add that secularists are behind the idea of promoting the free mingling of sexes, as they want to promote Western culture in the Kingdom using the media, especially newspapers.
The government says the investigations will help to improve democracy but secularists have accused the government of using the courts to intimidate them.
Pamuk said the other fundamental conflict was the "fight between secularists and so called islamists".
Summary: A Turkish court Wednesday suspended a reform that would have facilitated university access for religious school graduates and was strongly opposed by secularists, the Anatolia news agency
The conflict in Turkey is between the dominant assertive secularists (the Kemalists) and the passive secularists (mainly the pro-Islamic conservatives).