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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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With the BJP ascendant - most serious observers expect Modi to cruise to re-election in two years - India's secularists face arguably their biggest challenge since independence in 1947,' the WSJ report said, adding that country's long synonymous with pluralism 'may end up marginalizing its 172 million-strong Muslim minority.
And so Turkey's never-ending cycle of victimization -- of Islamists, communists, secularists, Kurds perennially and now the Gulenists -- has gained velocity.
Polarization between secularists and Islamists in Turkey often fails to capture the complexity of Turkish politics, in which not all secularists are democrats and not all Islamists are autocrats.
Specifically, in addition to religious and rationalist justifications, the secularists had other sources of justification and power as well.
The new ministers included members of secularist party Nidaa Tounes and its main rival, the Islamist Ennahda, which did not have any posts in the earlier cabinet.
President Al-Bashir has appreciated the great Daawa role being carried out by the Sufi sects, calling on the Sheikhs of the Sufi sects to work for uniting the Muslims rank to confront the secularists who demand dismissal of the Islamic Sharia application.
Bangladeshi home ministry terms an Al Qaeda audio that blasts secularists baseless; police remain cautious until the terrorist outfit denies responsibility
In conclusion, she notes that secularists need a new name to identify themselves because the term 'secular humanist' has been so denigrated by the right.
The headscarf is understood by secularists to be an emblem of political Islam and therefore a threat to the Turkish republic's secular identity.
The headscarf is an emotive symbol in Turkey, viewed by secularists as the emblem of political Islam.
This is likely to reflect increased polarisation between Islamists and secularists.
The Turkish public initially welcomed the trial on the grounds it would bring to account the country's "Deep State" - an undefined network of secularists long believed to have been pulling the strings of power in Turkey.