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.Read the rest of Whose religion? What freedom?.
Helge Årsheim is a doctoral candidate at The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo, Norway, and editor of the Religion in Pluralist Society (PluRel) blog. His work is on secularism, human rights, law and religion. For his dissertation, he is researching the role of religious institutions, religious minorities and legal pluralism in international law, and how these concepts have been negotiated at four UN human rights committees from 1993 to 2010. Read Helge Årsheim's contributions to Engaging religion at the Department of State.