Politics of Religious Freedom and the Minority Question: A Middle Eastern Genealogy

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October 4, 2010
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map

The right to religious freedom is widely regarded as a crowning achievement of secular-liberal democracy, one that guarantees the peaceful co-existence of religiously diverse populations. Enshrined in national constitutions and international laws and treaties, the right to freedom of conscience is seen as a key mechanism for ensuring that religious minorities are able to practice their traditions freely. Through a focus on the history of the Middle East and Egypt in particular, Professor Saba Mahmood's talk problematized this account of religious liberty by analyzing the structure of inequality that characterizes the relationship between First and Third World sovereignty within international law, and how the historical development of the practice and concept of religious liberty has been intertwined with the exercise of Western power. 
This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

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