Daniel Philpott on Religious Freedom in Islam

Daniel Philpott on Religious Freedom in Islam

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September 19, 2019

Daniel Philpott, professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, gives a talk at the College of the Holy Cross on "The Islam Question: Why Religious Freedom is the Answer." In his talk, Philpott describes three types of regimes among majority-Muslim countries—those that have religious freedom, those that are secular repressive and those that are religious repressive—and how each addresses religious plurality and an openness to democratic governance. He explains how the adoption of religious freedom by the Catholic Church—after centuries of struggle—can inform the process in the Islamic world, and he proposes a transnational network of religious freedom constituencies to collaborate on the issue.

His talk is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity, sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture.