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  • n  a person who is deliberately vague

  • The protest, against what the swamis characterize as "obscurantist and superstitious religious practices," was organized by the 125-year-old Hindu reformist organization, the .
  • It is still governed by medieval political institutions and Wahhabism, an obscurantist and often anti-Western doctrine of Islam.
  • We have eschewed a literalist and obscurantist understanding of Islamwhich focuses exclusively on the prohibitive and punitive aspectsfor a progressive orientation that does .
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  • Noisy, exotic and obscurantist fringe
    Anna Husarska, writing at the Economist , looks at the state of the Church in Poland as their bishops conduct their ad limina visits. Her analysis could be applied to some of our stateside bishops too, no doubt and the combination of adjectives - "noisy, exotic and obscurantist" - is splendid.
    Feb. 10, 2014 - National Catholic Reporter

  • Pervez Musharraf in NDTV.com
    While the world views Islam as a militant, intolerant religion, this thought is reinforced by our own obscurantist, extremist forces,Musharraf said. "Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, the Islamic world on the whole is on a downward slide...
  • Marilynne Robinson in Vancouver Sun
    As Robinson says: "Many of us know that Calvinism was a very important tradition among us. Yet all we know about John Calvin was that he was a Scotsman, a prude and obscurantist with a buckle on his belt, possibly a burner of witches, certainly the...
  • Paul Krugman in Reason Online
    They just don't read anything that doesn't come from their cult circle,Krugman wrote in one blog post; in another he called them "barbarians in the grip of an obscurantist faith."

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