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Beyond Religious FreedomThe New Global Politics of Religion$
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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166094

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166094.001.0001

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Two Faces of Faith

Two Faces of Faith

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Beyond Religious Freedom
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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691166094.003.0002

This chapter introduces the “two faces of faith” discourse that shapes the contemporary global governance of religious diversity. It explains how this discourse shapes contemporary international politics and policy, and illustrates its impact on the politics of transnational humanitarian assistance in North Africa. The North African example demonstrates how the “two faces” framework shapes the lives of the Sahrawi refugees in southwestern Algeria, one of many contexts in which the global dynamics of good religion-bad religion have materialized. The discussion also develops the distinction that is central to the argument of this book between religion as construed by those in positions of power—expert religion and governed religion, of which the “two faces” is an example, and a broader field of cultural and religious practice.

Keywords:   faith, religious diversity, transnational humanitarianism, North Africa, Sahrawi refugees, expert religion, governed religion, religious freedom, religious practice

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