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PROJECT LEADERS

Thomas FarrThomas Farr

Thomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate...

Timothy ShahTimothy Shah

Timothy Samuel Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and...

ASSOCIATE SCHOLARS

Ilan AlonIlan Alon

Ilan Alon is the George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Chair of International Business and director of the China Center at Rollins College, as well as a...

José CasanovaJosé Casanova

José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown...

Jean Bethke ElshtainJean Bethke Elshtain

Jean Bethke Elshtain was the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago from 1996 until her...

Anthony GillAnthony Gill

Tony Gill is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, adjunct professor of sociology at the UW, and a...

William InbodenWilliam Inboden

William Inboden is associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and executive director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and...

Timur KuranTimur Kuran

Timur Kuran is professor of economics and political science, and Gorter Family Professor in Islamic Studies at Duke University. Kuran’s research...

David NovakDavid Novak

David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the...

John M. OwenJohn M. Owen

John M. Owen is the Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Liberal...

Daniel PhilpottDaniel Philpott

Daniel Philpott, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, specializes in the...

Ani SarkissianAni Sarkissian

Ani Sarkissian is an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, where she is a core faculty member of the Muslim...

Mona SiddiquiMona Siddiqui

Mona Siddiqui is professor of Islamic and inter-religious studies and assistant principal for religion and society at the University of Edinburgh....

Monica Duffy ToftMonica Duffy Toft

Monica Duffy Toft is professor of government and public policy at Oxford University's Blavatnik School of Government. She previously was associate...

Roger TriggRoger Trigg

Roger Trigg, of St Cross College, Oxford, is senior research fellow in the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford, and a member of Oxford's...

Robert WoodberryRobert Woodberry

Robert Woodberry is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change (PREC) at the...

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Kyle Vander MeulenKyle Vander Meulen

Kyle Vander Meulen joined the Berkley Center in January 2011. Before coming to the center, he completed his master's studies in Divinity at the...

Claudia WinklerClaudia Winkler

Claudia Winkler joined the Berkley Center in February 2014. Before joining the center, Claudia completed her master's degree in German at...
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November 1, 2013

Our Failed Religious Freedom Policy

In this article published in First Things, Thomas Farr elucidates the serious harm done by America's failure to implement the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA). Farr notes the internal improvements that the IRFA has brought to the US State Department, but he points out the systematic failure of three administrations to integrate the IRFA into foreign policy and how this failure has harmed America's foreign policy related to several key countries. Farr argues that the changes he recommends could impact American foreign policy overnight by adding the crucially missing element of...

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October 9, 2013

Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy

Today, questions about the nature and extent of religious freedom are more vital and controversial than ever, not only in established Western democracies but also in non-Western contexts in which religious groups are influential political actors, such as India, Tunisia, and Indonesia. To discuss these crucial questions, the Religious Freedom Project brought two of America’s most distinguished political and ethical thinkers together for an extensive—and often intense—discussion. This report is an edited transcript of the keynote address of RFP’s two-day capstone conference, "Freedom to...

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July 25, 2013

In God's Name: Politics, Religion and Economic Development

In this lecture, given as the 9th Annual AELEX Lecture in Lagos, Nigeria, Timothy Shah argues that religious freedom can be directly tied to political security and economic development. Shah demonstrates a link between the outbreak of religious violence and rising expectations among religious groups, which are then denied through restrictions on religious freedom. These denied rising expectations in turn can spark religious conflicts, which create insecurity and prevent economic development. Thus, Shah argues, religious freedom is essential to the creation of security and stability, without...

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July 3, 2013

Religious Liberty: What is It, Why Should We Care?

In a presentation at the 2013 Lausanne Global Forum, held in Bangalore, India from June 17 to June 21, Tim Shah presented a case for the importance of religious freedom. In his presentation, Dr. Shah connected religious freedom, and the rights of conscience, to the earliest origins of the Christian faith, and emphasized the rising tide of global restrictions which threaten this fundamental freedom around the world today. Organized by evangelist Billy Graham, the Lausanne Movement is a global evangelical partnership seeking to apply the gospel to the contemporary world, and to reframe...

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June 19, 2013

Freedom, Toleration, and the Naturalness of Religion

In his chapter in the new book Religion, Intolerance, and Conflict: A Scientific and Conceptual Investigation, RFP Scholar Roger Trigg argues that the nature of religious belief is such that the political protection of religious practice is vital to a successful democratic society. Democracies should not cleanse public affairs of all religion, for doing so ignores the enormous role religion can play in the lives of citizens. Trigg appeals to current research in the cognitive science of religion to illustrate how basic religious tendencies are naturally imbedded in the human psyche. In light...

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

November 1, 2013

Our Failed Religious Freedom Policy

October 9, 2013

Freedom to Flourish: Is Religious Freedom Necessary for Peace, Prosperity, and Democracy

July 25, 2013

In God's Name: Politics, Religion and Economic Development

July 3, 2013

Religious Liberty: What is It, Why Should We Care?

June 19, 2013

Freedom, Toleration, and the Naturalness of Religion

June 13, 2013

Examining the Government’s Record on Implementing the International Religious Freedom Act

May 30, 2013

A Bang or a Wimper? Assessing Some Recent Challenges to Special Protection for Religion in the United States

May 28, 2013

Christians, Muslims and Jesus

May 22, 2013

Religion and International Relations: A Primer for Research

April 29, 2013

Religious Freedom, Democratization, and Economic Development

March 14, 2013

Religious Associations, Religious Innovations and Denominational Identities in Contemporary Global Cities

February 12, 2013

Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Rick Warren, Robert P. George, and John DiIulio

December 18, 2012

The Routledge Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations

December 5, 2012

Religious Freedom and Violent Religious Extremism: A Sourcebook of Modern Cases and Analysis

December 1, 2012

Genealogías de la secularización

November 20, 2012

Is Religious Freedom Special?

November 16, 2012

Martyrdom with a Message: How Persecuted Christians Witness to Religious Freedom

November 2, 2012

God's Century reviewed by Michael Emerson in Contemporary Sociology

October 18, 2012

Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Religious Freedom and Equality: Emerging Conflicts in North America and Europe

October 16, 2012

Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Religious Freedom and Healthcare Reform

October 3, 2012

Religious Freedom and National Security

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