Author profile: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science and holds a courtesy appointment in Religious Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008), which won an APSA award for the best book on religion and politics published 2008–2010. Her latest book is Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (Princeton, 2015). She is co-organiser of ‘Politics of Religious Freedom: Contested Norms and Local Practices’, a collaborative research project funded by the Luce Foundation, and consults on academic, media and foundation projects involving religion and international affairs. Her opinion pieces have appeared in Boston Review, Public Culture, The Atlantic, Chicago Tribune, Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera America.

The Religion Agenda: The Sahrawi Refugees and the Politics of Tolerance

The Religion Agenda: The Sahrawi Refugees and the Politics of Tolerance

Global advocacy for religious toleration has yielded mixed consequences for the Sahrawi refugees of Algeria by reproducing discourses purveyed by those in power

Politics of secularism and IR

Politics of secularism and IR

It has been suggested that the rise of religion confronts IR theory with a theoretical challenge comparable to that of the end of the Cold War or the emergence of globalization. I agree. To understand why we need to turn to the politics of secularism. How might we think about secularisms, in the plural, as forms of political authority in contemporary international relations? What does this mean for IR theory and the resurgence of religion? What kinds of politics follow from different forms of secular commitments, traditions, habits, and beliefs?

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