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In recent years, North American and European nations have sought to legally remake religion in other countries through an unprecedented array of international initiatives. Policymakers have rallied around the notion that the fostering of religious freedom, interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance, and protections for religious minorities are the keys to combating persecution and discrimination. Beyond Religious Freedom persuasively argues that these initiatives create the very social tensions and divisions they are meant to overcome. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd looks at three critical channels of state-sponsored intervention: international religious freedom advocacy, development assistance and nation building, and international law. She shows how these initiatives make religious difference a matter of law, resulting in a divide that favors forms of religion authorized by those in power and excludes other ways of being and belonging.

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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd teaches and writes on the politics of religious diversity, the history of US foreign relations, and the global politics of the Middle East at Northwestern University, where she is associate professor of politics and religious studies. She lectures and consults globally on academic, media, and foundation projects involving religion and international affairs. Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008) , Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (Princeton, 2015) , and co-editor of Politics of Religious Freedom (Chicago, 2015) and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2013) .

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"Politics of Religious Freedom" discussion series: http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/the-politics-of-religious-freedom/

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