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FACULTY WORKSHOP - Religious Discrimination in Christian Majority Democracies (Jonathan Fox)

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 4:30pm

Stiteler Hall, Silverstein Forum
Free and open to the public / Food provided

Discussant: R. Scott Hanson (Penn History)

All attendees are encouraged to read Prof. Fox's paper, available here.

IN HIS RESEARCH, Jonthan Fox has examined the extent of religious discrimination against 313 religious minorities in 68 Christian-Majority democracies. Despite expectations that liberal democracies should have religious freedom, religious discrimination is common. Also, despite Western democracies being considered the most liberally democratic democracies and the source of the liberal democratic ideology that supports religious freedom, religious discrimination is higher in Western democracies than in Christian-majority democracies in the developing world.

JONATHAN FOX is the Yehuda Avner Professor of Religion and Politics, director of the Religion and State (RAS) project (, and a senior research fellow at Bar-Ilan's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. He specializes in the influence of religion on politics which he examines using both quantitative and qualitative methodology. His research also investigates the impact of religion on domestic conflict, terrorism, international intervention, and international relations. His other research interests include the quantitative analysis of Samuel Huntington's "Clash of Civilizations" theory, nationalism, and ethnic conflict. His recent books on these topics include An Introduction to Religion and Politics: Theory & Practice, Second edition (Routledge, 2018); Political Secularism, Religion and the State: A Time Series Analysis of Worldwide Data (Cambridge University Press, 2015); and The Unfree Exercise of Religion: A World Survey of Discrimination against Religious Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

All attendees are encouraged to read Prof. Fox's paper, available here.