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Religious Freedom

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Freedom of religion or belief is viewed by the international community as a basic human right, yet its manifestations vary greatly from society to society. These resources examine and debate the contours of religious freedom; the evolution of international religious freedom policy; and the relationship between religious liberty and democracy, politics, and social and economic development.

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Shaun Casey

School of Foreign Service

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David Hollenbach

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Walsh School of Foreign Service, Department of Theology

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Michael Kessler

Managing Director
Department of Government and Law Center

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Report November 1, 2016

Buddhism and Religious Freedom: A Sourcebook of Scriptural, Theological, and Legal Texts

This sourcebook presents primary documents surveying historical and contemporary approaches to religious freedom in Buddhism. These documents, spanning the fifth century BCE to the present, include scriptural texts, philosophical texts, legal texts, and political texts. An introduction and commentary by professor Thomas Borchert contextualizes the formative, classical/civilizational…


April 27, 2018

Discussing Homo Religiosus? with editors Timothy Samuel Shah and Jack Friedman (Video)

Duration: 5 minutes

June 16, 2017

Best Practices in International Religious Freedom Policy (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 36 minutes

March 30, 2015

Sharing the Message? Proselytism and Development in Pluralistic Societies: Keynote Conversation (Video)

Duration: 1 hours 24 minutes


Doctoral Fellows Program

Doctoral Fellows Program

The Religious Freedom Research Project (RFRP) offers summer Ph.D. dissertation fellowships for students exploring the sources, development, and impact of religious freedom in history and the present day.
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 Religious Freedom Research Project has engaged in a three-year global research project that investigated how Christian communities respond when their religious freedom is severely violated.