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Byse Workshop – Legal Debates over Secularism and Religious Freedom in Comparative Contexts

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Session VII: After Secularism

With the increased acknowledgement of the resurgence of religion in the public sphere has arisen attention to a central question: how ought the state to regulate religion? Encapsulating the concern of this moment, Winnifred Sullivan states: “now that we have given up on separation, the important question is how to regulate religion?”1 Ever present in the past, this question now poses new conundrums for the conceptualization and practicalities of religious freedom. By examining recent debates over male circumcision in Europe as well as an institutional history of the regulation of Islamic criminal law on Northern Nigeria, session six will consider how legal institutions and scholars approach the question of the regulation religion.

In concluding the workshop, we will reflect on the ways in which religion challenges constitutionalism as well as how constitutionalism and religion have come to resemble each other.

This workshop has no pre-requisites and is open to all students.

For more information and workshop materials, visit:

1Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, ‘After Secularism: Governing through Spiritual Care’, presented at the Center for Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University (7 March 2011) in Elizabeth Hurd, International Politics After Secularism


March 26
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Event Category:
Graduate Program


WCC 5052 Room


Rabiat Akande