How to Take Religion Seriously in World Politics: Can Religious Studies Help?

Nearly two decades after 9/11, there is widespread agreement that religion plays a part in international affairs; however, the specific role that it should play is still very much open to debate. At this event, scholars of religion and of international relations explored ways religious studies can be relevant to international policymaking. They discussed how the convergence of their work can add more historical and cultural nuances to the international affairs community’s ongoing critique of secularism. Scholars also discussed how their work can bring a more complex understanding of religion when it comes to religious freedom and religiously based political violence, and how it may shed new light on religion’s intersection with governance and democracy.
Lunch was served.

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