Religious Freedom in Islam?: Intervening in a Culture War
Charles E. Test, M.D. '37 Distinguished Lectures Series
Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
LECTURE ONE: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Why Religious Freedom is Universal: Arguing with Recent Critics
LECTURE TWO: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Religious Freedom in Islam Today: A Survey of Regimes
LECTURE THREE: Friday, April 29, 2016
A Pathway to Liberty: Developing Islam's Seeds of Freedom
In his own words: My lectures will explore Islam's compatibility with religious freedom, thus intervening in a culture war over Islam in today's West. I will make the case for religious freedom as a universal principle, explore the extent of religious freedom in the Muslim world today and what explains it, and then point to the historical experience of the Catholic Church as a pathway to religious freedom that contains promising lessons for Islam.
Daniel Philpott is Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has written widely in religion and global politics; his books include Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped International Relations (Princeton, 2001); God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (Norton, 2011), coauthored with Monica Duffy Toft and Timothy Samuel Shah; and Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (Oxford, 2012). He has published pieces in The American Political Science Review, World Politics, Ethics, The Journal of Religious Ethics, and many other publications. He has worked as an activist for peacebuilding and reconciliation in Kashmir and in Central Africa. He recently won and currently directs a $1.1 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust on Christianity and religious freedom under the auspices of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame. He earned his BA with high honors from the University of Virginia and his MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University.