Tag Archives: Religion

Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma

Dear Dr. Shalini Sharma, Your article ‘Hindutva and historical revisionism’ has been described as an “excellent piece” by Dr. Priyamvada Gopal, Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at Cambridge University. Journalist and historian, Andrew Whitehead, praised it as an “important … Continue reading

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Is Yoga Hindu?

In this article, Chaitra, MS and Prakash Shah argue that the claim, “Yoga is Hindu”, creates more problems than it solves as it leads us into the blind alley of identity politics. The full article can be read at this … Continue reading

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Can the freedom of religion be a universal human rights idea?

Given the religious, and specifically Protestant, conditions of possibility and conditions of intelligibility of the idea of religious freedom, and the concept cluster to which it belongs, this presentation questions how it could possibly be claimed as a global human … Continue reading

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UK caste discrimination legislation: Implications for Indian community organisations

The Equality Act 2010 creates a potential new ground of legal action for discrimination on grounds of ‘caste’. Section 9(5) of the Equality Act provides the power to make a statutory instrument for caste to be “an aspect of race”. … Continue reading

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Shari‘a in the West: Colonial consciousness in a context of normative competition

Abstract Muslims in Western countries have tried to preserve and transmit their worldview in various ways. Especially in the countries of the Anglosphere, Muslims have built institutions designed with legal ends in mind. Efforts to limit the role of shari‘a … Continue reading

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“There’s content even in the movement”: Yoga in California Schools

A case arose recently in the San Diego Superior Court challenging the teaching of yoga classes to school children. In Sedlock vs. Timothy Baird Superintendent, some parents who claimed their children were being subjected to harassment, discrimination, and segregation based … Continue reading

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Asking about reasonable accommodation in England

Link to article here. Abstract Interviews conducted with leading actors in England asking a range of questions about religious diversity and the legal framework and, in particular, about reasonable accommodation, helped identify a number of areas of concern. There was … Continue reading

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