Category Archives: Law and Religious Intolerance

ReligioWest Research Program

The ReligioWest research program, based at the European University Institute, pursues research on issues of religious pluralism, secularism, religion and the law, religion in the political sphere, and religious violence. The ReligioWest website indicates: “ReligioWest studies how different western states … Continue reading

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Religious Fundamentalism and Terrorism

Olivier Roy (Professor at the European University Institute, Firenze) is giving a presentation on “Are terrorism and jihadism a consequence of a religious fundamentalist radicalization?” The lecture will be held on 5 February 2015 at the University of Chicago Center … Continue reading

Posted in Christian-Muslim Violence, Islam and Religious Violence, Law and Religious Intolerance, Lectures and Seminars, Religion and Globalization, Religious Intolerance, Religious Militants, Religious Nationalism, Religious Politics, Religious Terrorism | 1 Comment

Burial Politics and Intolerance in France

Burial politics and intolerance seem to have been involved in an incident concerning the burial of a Roma (gypsy) baby during the holidays in France. The mayor of the town of Champlan, where the baby lived and died, allegedly refused … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity and Religious Violence, Death and Burial Practices, European Wars of Religion, Historiography of Religious Violence, Human Rights and Religion, Iconoclasm, Law and Religious Intolerance, Purity and Pollution, Religious Intolerance, Religious Nationalism | 1 Comment

Bans on Atheists in Public Office

More than 50 years after the United States Supreme Court ruled that states could not use a “religious test” for officials, bans on atheists serving in public office remain in many states. According to the New York Times, “Maryland and … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism and Religious Violence, Christianity and Religious Violence, Law and Religious Intolerance, Protestantism and Religious Violence, Religious Intolerance, Religious Minorities | 1 Comment

Historical Perspectives on the Caliphate

The Islamic State (IS) claims to be in process of establishing a caliphate in the Muslim world. Most news media have either ignored or misunderstood the implications of the IS claim to the caliphate, however. The BBC argues that: “When … Continue reading

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Religious Activism and Bat Mitzvah Rituals

The Temple Mount Jerusalem is often the site of religious tensions and Jewish-Muslim clashes, yet interfaith religious tensions are also apparent. The news media often focuses exclusively on the overt aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, rather than religious activism—and sometimes … Continue reading

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Destruction of Village Churches in France

A new crisis in laïcité, a version of secularization, has arisen in provincial France. A number of village churches have been demolished, leading to complaints that French rural culture is beyond destroyed. French historians and other scholars are weighing in … Continue reading

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