Funded by the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs, Politics of Religious Freedom brought together academics, human rights and civil society organizations, and jurists and policy makers who helped to reshape the debate on religious freedom in the United States, the European Union, India, Egypt, and South Africa. Based on workshops held among participants from these regions alongside the core research team, the project produced the following publications: (a) a volume of essays titled Politics of Religious Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 2015) compiled and edited by the Project Team; (b) translations of, and commentaries on, key legal cases involving religious freedom from India, Egypt, the U.K., Malaysia, Brazil, South Africa, and the United States (Maryland Journal of International Law, 2015); (c) select papers from project workshops (held in Venice, Chiang Mai, and Cairo) appearing in special issues of South Atlantic Quarterly and Journal of Law and Religion. The project entailed a pedagogical component that included: (a) developing undergraduate and graduate syllabi on the comparative history of religious freedom globally; and (b) support for four graduate student interns to conduct research related to the project themes in Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon.
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and Elizabeth Shakman Hurd organized a public discussion series on the Social Science Research Council blog The Immanent Frame in which scholars from different fields consider the multiple histories and genealogies of religious freedom. That series serves as the basis for the volume Politics of Religious Freedom, co-edited by Sullivan, Hurd, Mahmood & Danchin, published in 2015 by the University of Chicago Press.
Saba Mahmood and Peter G. Danchin edited a special issue of SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly, volume 113, issue 1 (Jan. 2014) on “Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Genealogies,” published by Duke University Press.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan edited a symposium on “Re-thinking Religious Freedom” in the Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 29, no. 3 (Sept./Oct. 2014).
The project team included:
- Professor Saba Mahmood (University of California, Berkeley, co-PI)
- Professor Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Northwestern University, co-PI)
- Professor Winnifred Sullivan (Indiana University)
- Professor Peter Danchin (University of Maryland Law)