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Politics of Religious Freedom$
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Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, and Saba Mahmood

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226248479

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248646.001.0001

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Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality

Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality

(p.240) Chapter Twenty Religious Freedom in the Panopticon of Enlightenment Rationality
Politics of Religious Freedom

Peter G. Danchin

University of Chicago Press

This essay compares the recent decision by the US Supreme Court in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC with the ECHR decisions in Lautsi v. Italy and Dahlab v. Switzerland cases. This comparison displays the essential contestability of the subject and meaning of the right to religious freedom. This form of reasoning is both premised on and reinscribes the underlying foundational distinction between inner belief and outward manifestation that defines the exercise of modern secular power.

Keywords:   US Supreme Court, ECHR, Lautsi, jurisdiction, Right to religious freedom, First Amendment

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