Religious Norms

France's Imams as Agents of Islam's Formatting

Although the imams are key actors in French Islam, they remain considerably neglected (as an area of study), specially as they focus the essentialism which undermines the debates on Islam in France in particular. However, the contemporary developments of the imamate in France are only comprehensible if we agree to submit them to the same questionings which enrich the knowledge of other religions.

You Shall Go to Hell: Legal Arguments on Forced Conversions Before the Supreme Court of India

After the fall of the Berlin wall, the trial which took place in London against Salman Rushdie and Viking Penguin for The Satanic Verses opened a new age. The United Kingdom was confronted by a religious challenge which concerned the increasingly God-free British society and also the new multi-religious landscape of the country.

Return? It never left. Exploring the ‘sacred’ as a resource for bridging the gap between the religious and the secular

In addressing the questions set out in the call for proposals, our paper draws on a critical discussion of the assumptions underlying both the secularization thesis as well as the contemporary discussion of religion in the public sphere.  Building on our own research as well as a report we co-authored (as part of a wider team) for the UK government,[1] we demonstrate both the need for a paradigmatic shift in understanding ho

Religious Norms in the Public Sphere (RPS): Berkeley Workshop

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UC Berkeley, May 6-7th, 2011
Great Hall, Bancroft Hotel
2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley (near Café Strada)

Friday May 6 th, 2011
8:30-8:45 AM: Opening Remarks: Heddy Riss, Olivier Roy, David Lieberman.
8:45-10:15: Religious Norms and Public Spheres: The Challenge     
Chair: David Lieberman
Olivier Roy: “Muslim Democrats vs. European Populists”
Silvio Ferrari: “A European Perspective”
Peter Danchin: “Islam in the Secular Nomos of the European Court of Human Rights"

10:15-10:30:  Break

Religious Norms in the Public Sphere: Florence Workshop Program

Olivier Roy, in the framework of the Mediterranean Programme (RSCAS, EUI)
Christopher Kutz (University of California, Berkeley)
Heddy Riss (University of California, Berkeley)

Villa Malafrasca
Via Boccaccio 151
50133 Florence

Thursday 16 Dec

18:30 Keynote Speech by Olivier Roy and Marco Ventura

Friday 17 Dec

09.00-10.00  Ofrit Liviatan
Rethinking Law's Role in European Debates over Islam through Europe's Experience with Abortion Reform
Discussant: Christopher Kutz

10.00-11.00  John Morijn
Protecting religious identity in the European Public Sphere: Human rights, requirements, remaining policy-options and judicial control
Discussant: Valerie Amiraux

11.00-11.30  Coffee break

11.30-12.30  Yüksel Sezgin and Mirjam Künkler
Contesting Boundaries of Private and Public: Religious Law in India and Indonesia
Discussant: Olivier Roy

13.00-14.00  Lunch

14.00-15.00  Harun Karcic
Shari'a norms in a secular state: the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Discussant: Marco Ventura

15.00-16.00  Elise Massicard
Recasting Islamic Heterodoxy: The Judicialization of Alevism in Turkey and Europe
Discussant: Patrick Haenni

16.00-16.30  Coffee Break

16.30-17.30  Stefano Allievi
Islam in Europe: the Road to Exceptionalism
Discussant: Nadia Marzouki

Saturday 18 Dec