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June 23rd, 2017

Sacrality, secularity, and contested indigeneity

posted by J. Kehaulani Kauanui

Indigenous peoples articulate their indigeneity within the political and legal language of secularism, even as it renders certain claims to indigeneity illegible. In this short essay, J. Kehaulani Kauanui examines the close linkages between secularism, settler colonialism, and Protestant Christianity in three interconnected issues in the United States context: sacred sites, temporality, and divine right.

This is the fourth essay in the series on Indigineity and secularity.

Read Sacrality, secularity, and contested indigeneity

June 20th, 2017

Apologia pro Reza: Why I like Believer

posted by David Frankfurter

June 16th, 2017

Law and truth in the German religious constitution

posted by Ian Hunter

June 14th, 2017

The river is not a person: Indigeneity and the sacred in Aotearoa New Zealand

posted by Miranda Johnson

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NEW FORUM | Indigineity and secularity

Guest curated by editorial board members Mayanthi Fernando and Vincent Lloyd

Stand With Standing Rock Nov 11-15 2016 | Image via Flickr user Leslie Peterson

Claims to indigeneity are often linked with a commitment to the sacrality of place. This can range from Native American land rights claims to contestation over “homeland” in Israeli/Palestine, but also to European and American white nationalist movements and perhaps even to environmental justice movements.

How is indigeneity articulated within the political and legal language of secularism? Does secularism make certain claims to indigeneity illegible?

This forum brings together scholars from a variety of fields to address these, and many other, questions.

Begin by reading the introduction to the series.


A State of suspicion: Counter-radicalization in Norway

by Sindre Bangstad

Norwegian rally against ISIS and the Prophet's Ummah, August 18 2014. Photo: Sindre Bangstad

[The] run-up to the Norwegian parliamentary elections in September 2017, which will make it clear whether the right-wing coalition government of the Conservative Party and the populist right-wing Progress Party will fall or be returned to power, is in full swing. And as it has since the mid-1980s, the FrP will run this parliamentary election campaign on a platform of a politics of fear and division—targeting immigrants, in general, and Muslim minorities, in particular.

Read the rest of A State of suspicion.”

Featured discussion

Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an

A collection of reflections from scholars reflecting on Denise Spellberg’s book and the Founding Father’s debates about religious freedom in the context of 2017.

Featured publication

Myth of Disenchantment

The Myth of Disenchantment

Jason Josephson-Storm introduces his book, contending that the whole notion of “modernity” as rupture that undergirds a host of disciplines is itself a myth.

Featured essay

In deep prayer | Image via flickr user johnragai

Practice and performance in ritual language

NDSP grantee Thomas Csordas analyzes Catholic Charismatic prayer through two dimensions of practice and performance, as an example of analysis for ritual language in general.