Politics Of Religious Freedom

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EditorWinnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood

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In a remarkably short period of time, the realization of religious freedom has achieved broad consensus as an indispensable condition for peace. Faced with widespread reports of religious persecution, public and private actors around the world have responded with laws and policies designed to promote freedom of religion. But what precisely is being promoted? What are the cultural and epistemological assumptions underlying this response, and what forms of politics are enabled in the process?
           
The fruits of the three-year Politics of Religious Freedom research project, the contributions to this volume unsettle the assumption—ubiquitous in policy circles—that religious freedom is a singular achievement, an easily understood state of affairs, and that the problem lies in its incomplete accomplishment. Taking a global perspective, the more than two dozen contributors delineate the different conceptions of religious freedom predominant in the world today, as well as their histories and social and political contexts. Together, the contributions make clear that the reasons for persecution are more varied and complex than is widely acknowledged, and that the indiscriminate promotion of a single legal and cultural tool meant to address conflict across a wide variety of cultures can have the perverse effect of exacerbating the problems that plague the communities cited as falling short.

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In a remarkably short period of time, the realization of religious freedom has achieved broad consensus as an indispensable condition for peace. Faced with widespread reports of religious persecution, public and private actors around the world have responded with laws and policies designed to promote freedom of religion. But what preci...

Winnifred Fallers Sullivan is professor in and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. She is also an affiliated professor of law at Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law.Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is associate professor in the Departments of Political Science and (by courtesy) Religiou...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 22, 2015Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Saba Mahmood, and Peter G. Danchin

PART 1. Religion

Preface Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Chapter 1. Imagining the Hebrew Republic: Christian Genealogies of Religious Freedom
Robert Yelle

Chapter 2. On the Freedom of the Concepts of Religion and Belief
Yvonne Sherwood

Chapter 3. Believing in Religious Freedom
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Chapter 4. What Is Religious Freedom Supposed to Free?
Webb Keane

Chapter 5. The Power of Pluralist Thinking
Courtney Bender

Chapter 6. Refl ections on the Politics of Religious Freedom, with Attention to Hawaii
Greg Johnson

Chapter 7. Traditional, African, Religious, Freedom?
Rosalind I. J. Hackett

PART 2. History

Preface Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Chapter 8. The Problem with the History of Toleration
Evan Haefeli

Chapter 9. Religious Minorities and Citizenship in the Long Nineteenth Century: Some Contexts of Jewish Emancipation
David Sorkin

Chapter 10. Varieties of Religious Freedom and Governance: A Practical Perspective
Robert W. Hefner

Chapter 11. Religious Freedom between Truth and Tactic
Samuel Moyn

Chapter 12. Religious Freedom, Minority Rights, and Geopolitics
Saba Mahmood

Chapter 13. Ceylon/Sri Lanka: The Politics of Religious Freedom and the End of Empire
Benjamin Schonthal

Chapter 14. Liberty as Recognition
Nandini Chatterjee

PART 3. Law and Politics

Preface Peter G. Danchin

Chapter 15. Postapartheid Treatment of Religious Freedom in South Africa
Waheeda Amien

Chapter 16. Religious Freedom in Postrevolutionary Tunisia
Nadia Marzouki

Chapter 17. Beyond Establishment
Lori G. Beaman

Chapter 18. The Bishops, the Sisters, and Religious Freedom
Elizabeth A. Castelli

Chapter 19. The World That Smith Made
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

Chapter 20. Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality
Peter G. Danchin

Chapter 21. Everson’s Children
Ann Pellegrini

PART 4. Freedom

Preface Saba Mahmood

Chapter 22. Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age
Cécile Laborde

Chapter 23. Freeing Religion at the Birth of South Sudan
Noah Salomon

Chapter 24. Is Religion Free?
Michael Lambek

Chapter 25. Religious Freedom and the Bind of Suspicion in Contemporary Secularity
Hussein Ali Agrama

Chapter 26. Religious Repression and Religious Freedom: An Analysis of Their Contradictions in (Post- )Soviet Contexts
Mathijs Pelkmans

Chapter 27. Religious Freedom’s Oxymoronic Edge
Wendy Brown

Contributors

Index

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"Taken individually, these essays are erudite, consistently interesting, and well written. Taken collectively, they are a tour de force for deepening our knowledge and understanding of a concept many or most of us have simply taken for granted in our intellectual lives.”