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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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Beyond Religious Freedom

Beyond Religious Freedom

(p.109) Chapter 6 Beyond Religious Freedom
Beyond Religious Freedom

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Princeton University Press

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. It raises the question of what would it mean to dethrone religion as a stable interpretive and policy category, as suggested in this book. What would it entail to disaggregate religion and consider the interrelations between expert, lived, and governed religion? What if we were to accept both that secularization theory was misguided and that religion is also deeply problematic as a political category? It reconsiders what is often named as “religious” violence and persecution. It then turns to how scholars of religion and politics might serve not as producers of information, but rather as carriers of critical insights that can be brought to bear on how policy is developed and implemented.

Keywords:   religious freedom, religion, religious violence, religious persecution

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