Category Archives: Religious Minorities

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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Islamic Radicalism or Mental Instability?

Originally posted on Brian Sandberg: Historical Perspectives:
A driver deliberately drove his car into pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring at least eleven people. The driver aggressively swerved into pedestrians at five different locations in the city on the evening of…

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Religion and Electoral Politics in Israel

Religious tensions and nationalist politics provide a backdrop for the coming election season in Israel. “Uneasiness inhabits Israel, a shadow beneath the polished surface,” according to journalist Roger Cohen. “In a violent Middle Eastern neighborhood of fracturing states, that is … Continue reading

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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

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A Crisis in Secular Studies?

Religion and religious violence are evoked almost daily by politicians and journalists, who often distinguish between ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ politics. Jacques Berlinerblau, a professor at Georgetown University, questions popular and academic usages of ‘secularism’, which often seem contradictory. Berlinerblau argues … Continue reading

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Blasphemy Riots in Pakistan

Blasphemy continues to provoke crowd violence in Pakistan. A recent report of an allegedly blasphemous Facebook post prompted a crowd to burn down the home of a Pakistani minority family. According to the Washington Post, “Sometime on Sunday, an image … Continue reading

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Law and the Merchant of Venice

NEXT MONDAY:   The Renaissance Workshop presents      LAW AND THE MERCHANT:  A MERCHANT OF VENICE  ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION   WITH  RICHARD WEISBERG Walter Floerhsheimer Professor of Constitutional Law Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University     BRADIN CORMACK Professor … Continue reading

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