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HUK – Secularism and freedom of religion or belief – the global view

January 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


In 2017 HUK hosted the book launch for Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom (right) by Chief Executive Andrew Copson. As well as being a historical survey of secularism’s development, his book identified today’s threats to secularism and the big debates raging around it. The book was republished a year later by Oxford University Press as Secularism: a Very Short Introduction.

Over three years later, secularism is still a hot topic in public, political, and religious debate across the globe. It is embodied in the conflict between secular republics – from the US to India – and the challenges they face from resurgent religious identity politics. In the last few years we’ve seen the resurgence of evangelical ethnonationalism in the US, Hindu nationalism brought to the fore by the BJP in India, and an ever louder drumbeat of horrors inflicted on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang by the authoritarian Chinese government.

Join us for an important discussion on where these trends are heading, of the rise of religiously intolerant states, and the threats to secularism around the world.

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January 18
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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