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    Threats to Religious and Ethnic Minorities under the Islamic State

    On Thursday, July 28, the RFP is hosting a conference featuring representatives of communities suffering from genocide and persecution at the hands of the Islamic State. The event is supported by the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom.
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    Farr Testifies Before House Committee

    Today, RFP Director Tom Farr is testifying before the full House Committee on Foreign Affairs concerning the global crisis of religious freedom and the perilous rise of religious persecution around the world. The committee hearing is entitled "Human Rights Under Siege Worldwide."

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    Christianity and Freedom: Historical Perspectives

    In this volume leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today. 

    related | Volume II: Contemporary Perspectives
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    How Sharia Courts Brought Down the Ottoman Empire

    RFP Associate Scholar Timur Kuran explores the relationship between sharia courts and high interest rates in the Ottoman Empire, and how these rates led to a lack of industrialization. 

    related | Independent features Kuran's work

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    Worship or Religion?

    RFP Director Tom Farr describes the difference between freedom of religion and "freedom of worship," and why using the correct term is about more than mere semantics.
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    Transatlantic Perspectives on Religion and Foreign Policy

    RFP Associate Director Timothy Shah will be moderating a panel discussion on the challenge of both recognizing the importance of religion in foreign policy and integrating it into practical diplomatic work. The event will take place Monday, June 20 at the Berkley Center.

About Us

The Religious Freedom Project (RFP) is the nation's only university-based program devoted exclusively to the analysis of religious freedom, a basic human right restricted in many parts of the world. The RFP engages a team of international scholars to examine and debate the meaning and value of religious liberty; its importance for democracy; and its role in social and economic development, international diplomacy, and the struggle against violent religious extremism. The project is made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and our partnership with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

Project Themes

Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

The RFP's Economic Working Group focuses on the impact of religious freedom on economic freedom, political economy, and development. Our scholars are economists, development specialists, political scientists, and students of…

Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

The RFP's Political Working Group focuses on the impact of religious freedom on political freedom and democracy. Our scholars are experts in areas of political science, sociology, law, diplomacy, and…

Under Caesar’s Sword

Under Caesar’s Sword

In collaboration with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, the RFP is engaging in a three-year global research project called "Under Caesar’s

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