In Debating Sharia: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration, editors Anna C. Korteweg and Jennifer A. Selby gather a multidisciplinary group of academics to tackle the challenge of promoting diversity while protecting religious freedom and women’s equality.
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Religious freedom and religious establishment have come to mean many things to many people. This is, in part, because of the shifting contours of the definition of religion itself (as has been pointed out by others in this series, including Winnifred Fallers Sullivan and Elizabeth Shakman Hurd). But it is also because the nature of freedom is contested ground. The shifting nature of these two concepts makes normative assessment—religious freedom is good, religious freedom is bad—extremely difficult to carry out in any meaningful way. Further, when people advocate for or against religious freedom they are often talking about very different things. Similarly, the measurement of establishment is equally nebulous.
An interesting article by Joe Friesen and Sandra Martin on secularism and multiculturalism in Canada appeared in The Globe and Mail earlier this month.
From April 12-17, Montreal will play host to two international symposia organized by Concordia University, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. The first, organized by UQAM, will take place April12-15 and will gather numerous scholars and artists for a discussion of the theme of “sacrifiction.” Organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in collaboration with Concordia University, the second symposium is the Fourth International Max and Iris Stern Symposium, which will explore the relationship between contemporary art and religion and will be held April 15-17. On April 15, a joint session is planned.