Helge Årsheim

Helge Årsheim is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo. Årsheim's work is primarily dedicated to the examination of interconnections between law and religion, combining theoretical, historical and empirical approaches to this topic. He defended his Phd dissertation on the concept of religion at four UN human rights committees in 2015. Årsheim is currently involved in several research projects on law and religion, and is also part of the Oslo Coalition on Freedom of Religion or Belief, where he has worked in particular with the politicization of the freedom of religion or belief. Read Helge Årsheim's contributions to Engaging religion at the Department of State.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Engaging the R word

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd | Beyond Religious FreedomAs it promises on the dust jacket, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd’s Beyond Religious Freedom delivers a critique of the politics of promoting religious freedom that is both timely and forceful. The critique expands and empirically illustrates an argument that Hurd has presented earlier—that religion in international politics is governed by a Manichean view of “religion” as either “good,” and therefore eligible for support, or “bad,” and therefore in need of control, monitoring, and suppression. The critique is timely because it addresses the incontrovertible empirical fact that new methods and terms used by NGOs, think tanks, and state agencies have decisively changed the landscape of the domestic and international promotion of religious engagement and religious freedom.

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Whose religion? What freedom?

Religious freedom has become an international concept: As the scope of the recently concluded Politics of Religious Freedom project attests to, the grammar of religious freedom has spread far and wide, creating a broad and complex field where international norms and procedures frequently clash with deeply embedded local conceptions of law, religion, and freedom.

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