Most countries of the Middle East and North Africa maintain a dual system of secular courts and religious courts, in which the religious courts mainly regulate marriage and inheritance.
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Several studies have found Sweden to be one of the most secular countries in the world.
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...Adherents.com estimates the proportion of the world’s people who are "secular, non-religious, agnostics and atheists" as about 14%.
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Later, it evolved into a secular holiday, mainly for children.
Kiera Cass -- The Elite
They were very involved in local politics, belonged to secular nationalist parties and were against involvement in the war.
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
They had judiciary powers, and could act as judges in both the religious and secular courts.
Patrick Rothfuss -- The Name of the Wind
…these portraits of women to speak and caress. Hundreds of small verses by different hands became one habit of the unrequited. Seeing you I want no other life and turn around to the sky and everywhere below jungle, waves of heat secular love Holding the new flowers a circle of first finger and thumb which is a window to your breast pleasure of the skin earring earring curl of the belly and then stone mermaid stone heart dry as a flower on rock you long eyed…
Michael Ondaatje -- Running in the Family
Luma explained that as a Muslim, even a secular one, she didn’t eat pork, and suggested they pick turkey bacon instead.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
Father saw himself as part of the New India—rich, modern and as secular as ice cream.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
The secular cooling that must someday overtake our planet has already gone far indeed with our neighbour.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
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The creation of a single unified world state-a kind of secular New World Order.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
It has mingled, though with regret, the secular grandeurs of the monarchy with the new grandeurs of the nation.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Helene understood that the question was very simple and easy from the ecclesiastical point of view, and that her directors were making difficulties only because they were apprehensive as to how the matter would be regarded by the secular authorities.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Here was the secular version of the Pentecostal fire, burning before her very eyes.
Stephen King -- Misery
However, as your present mood seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church at once.
Oscar Wilde -- The Importance of Being Earnest
Trust in God sustained her, and from time to time secular sources supplemented her faith in His forthcoming mercy; she read of a miracle medicine, heard of a new therapy, or, as most recently, decided to believe that a "pinched nerve" was to blame.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
Cricket hero Imran Khan had become a sort of secular saint.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
The Story Although the gods play a great part in the Epic, in its later form at least, Gilgamesh appears to have been as much a . secular poem as the Odyssey.
Unknown -- The Epic of Gilgamesh
A solution of the secular problem of the quadrature of the circle, government premium 1,000,000 pounds sterling.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
And Bors was alway with him, but never changed he his secular clothing, for that he purposed him to go again into the realm of Logris.
Thomas Malory -- Le Morte D’Arthur
Besides, it was Sunday; and there was something about Bartleby that forbade the supposition that he would by any secular occupation violate the proprieties of the day.
Herman Melville -- Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
He nodded the head solemnly and vanished for the second time, to return on all fours: in a few moments with a learned volume, the only secular work in his possession.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
Ask me rather would I suffer others to rob me, or if they did, would I call down upon them what I believe is called the chastisement of the secular arm?
James Joyce -- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other worldly religion which makes a strange, un-Biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular.
Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Letter from a Birmingham Jail
What would become of him if the Church punished him with her excommunication as the direct consequence of the secular law?
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
His secular character remains without; he sheds it as a snake its slough.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
Yet so loose were the ideas of the times respecting the conduct of the clergy, whether secular or regular, that the Prior Aymer maintained a fair character in the neighbourhood of his abbey.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
When they lived in the old city, Juvenal Urbino and his family would walk on Sundays from their house to the Cathedral for eight o’clock Mass, which for them was more a secular ceremony than a religious one.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
The long reaches that were like one and the same reach, monotonous bends that were exactly alike, slipped past the steamer with their multitude of secular trees looking patiently after this grimy fragment of another world, the forerunner of change, of conquest, of trade, of massacres, of blessings.
Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness
There are a few congregants who’ve discovered another way to get ahead, to get that house, and a bigger one after it-the secular way, by studying hard, going to a top college and maybe graduate school, by networking, strategizing, and matching preparation with opportunity.
Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
No, it was not picturesque; the East, abandoning its secular magnificence, was descending into a valley whose farther side no man can see.
E.M. Forster -- A Passage to India
Understandably, Fitzgerald is trying to avoid taking us out of our depths, for divinity actively present in human affairs is beyond the compass of our thought and experience today, hard for the secular person even to imagine and disturbing to the Laodicean religious who are no longer taught that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and suppose that should the divine take a hand in our affairs its purposes will be benign.
Homer -- The Odyssey
But the insiders knew that it had a perfectly secular meaning as well.
Milan Kundera -- The Unbearable Lightness of Being
It was a completely secular age.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
She proposed that, when the fall school term started, I should be enrolled in the religious school rather than a secular one.
Richard Wright -- Black Boy
Purely secular songs are few in number, partly because many of them were turned into hymns by a change of words, partly because the frolics were seldom heard by the stranger, and the music less often caught.
W. E. B. Du Bois -- The Souls of Black Folk
These are days of secular optimism, of self-celebration.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
"Let every Soul be subject to the Higher Powers, for there is no Power but of God;" which is meant, he saith not onely of Secular, but also of Ecclesiasticall Princes.
Thomas Hobbes -- Leviathan
She grew provoked at the doctrines of religion; the arrogance of the polemic writings displeased her by their inveteracy in attacking people she did not know; and the secular stories, relieved with religion, seemed to her written in such ignorance of the world, that they insensibly estranged her from the truths for whose proof she was looking.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
He stated that his discourses to people were to be sometimes secular, and sometimes religious, but never dogmatic; and that his texts would be taken from all kinds of books.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
He did not need to be ordained, for the traditional religion of the Xhosas is characterized by a cosmic wholeness, so that there is little distinction between the sacred and the secular, between the natural and the supernatural.
Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
Then they talked of matters secular; but it was noticeable that the lama never demanded any details of life at St Xavier’s, nor showed the faintest curiosity as to the manners and customs of Sahibs.
Rudyard Kipling -- Kim
But he told Mr. Tulliver several stories about "Swing" and incendiarism, and asked his advice about feeding pigs in so thoroughly secular and judicious a manner, with so much polished glibness of tongue, that the miller thought, here was the very thing he wanted for Tom.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
She is careful to choose ones that say "Happy Holidays" or "Season’s Greetings" as opposed to "Merry Christmas," to avoid angels or nativity scenes in favor of what she considers firmly secular images— a sleigh being pulled through a snow-covered field, or skaters on a pond.
Jhumpa Lahiri -- The Namesake
To be honest, I had split religion along the seam of secular and nonsecular; choosing to concentrate on the beauty of a Caravaggio without noticing the Madonna and child; or finding the best lamb recipe for a lavish Easter dinner, without thinking about the Passion.
Jodi Picoult -- Change of Heart
I have a dreadfully secular mind.
George Eliot -- Middlemarch
…boys naked on wild horses jaunty as circus riders and hazing wild horses before them and the dogs trotting with their tongues aloll and foot-slaves following half naked and sorely burdened and above all the low chant of their traveling song which the riders sang as they rode, nation and ghost of nation passing in a soft chorale across that mineral waste to darkness bearing lost to all history and all remembrance like a grail the sum of their secular and transitory and violent lives.
Cormac McCarthy -- All the Pretty Horses
It, too, was in holiday attire, for one of those days which are the only true holidays, the holy days of religion, because they are not appointed by any capricious accident, as secular holidays are appointed, upon days which are not specially ordained for such observances, which have nothing about them that is essentially festal—but it was attired even more richly than the rest, for the flowers which clung to its branches, one above another, so thickly as to leave no part of the tree…
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
Their weird library had St. Exupéry but nothing so secular as an atlas of the world, so I had to work from memory.
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
He dominated the forest, the secular gloom, the old mankind.