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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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Is Religion Free?

Is Religion Free?

(p.289) Chapter Twenty-Four Is Religion Free?
Politics of Religious Freedom

Michael Lambek

University of Chicago Press

Lambek considers the epistemic dislocation of privileging the individual as against those whose sense of self is embedded within the personhood of ancestors, both dead and alive. Using the example of Madagascar, he argues that certain religious beliefs are more legible to the governing elite than others. Lambek describes a variety of ways of being religious in Madagascar that not only cross borders of faith traditions but exceed the categories of belief and conscience altogether.

Keywords:   belief, conscience, Madagascar, indigenous religion, individualism

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