Sourcebook Seminar on the Historical Origins of Religious Freedom

April 29, 2011
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room

This event convened a group of eminent scholars of religion to critically review a sourcebook of texts, compiled from the five major world religions, that traces the conceptual development of religious freedom within each tradition. Though the idea of a right to religious freedom emerged from the classical and Judeo-Christian traditions, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism have rich histories of thinking through many of the component elements which constitute religious freedom in full, such as the treatment of other religions and the place of religion in public life. The seminar resulted in a lively and constructive discussion of great benefit to the sourcebook on the historical origins of religious freedom.

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