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Are Atheists Tolerable? American Nonbelievers and Irreligious Freedom
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
March 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
To Be Determined, Berkeley CA

Leigh Eric Schmidt, Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis.

Modern constructions of religious liberty often left atheists and nonbelievers out. Long after the ratification of the First Amendment, it remained an open question whether religious freedom included irreligious freedom. Counted an intolerable danger to the commonwealth, atheists were frequently denied equal rights and liberties; several states barred them from holding offices of public trust, […]

Living with Difference: Shared Religious Sanctuaries in the Ottoman Lands
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
April 26, 2017 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Banato Auditorium, UC Berkeley CA

Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, UC Berkeley

Note: This lecture will be held in the Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley. In this talk, I will discuss the sharing of sacred sanctuaries by the three great monotheistic religions across the Mediterranean, with particular examples from the history of the Ottoman Empire. At first sight, sharing the same sacred sites would […]

Mecca's Perspective as Symbolic Form
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
March 14, 2017 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
470 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley CA

Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Columbia University; Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor at the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

The “Sacred” and the “Holy” (haram in Arabic and, to some extent, al-quds or al-muqaddas), are Semitic words (see Herem and Kadosh in Hebrew) denoting the act of separation, parting, or setting aside, and imply the apparent human faculty of setting distinctive borders between holy and profane zones. Constrained to time, these spaces become chronotopes. […]

Between the World and the International: Thinking with Ottoman and Islamic Pasts
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
November 11, 2016 / 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Rhetoric Conference Room, Berkeley CA

Two Day Workshop

DAY TWO (DAY ONE) This interdisciplinary workshop considers Ottoman/Islamic visions of the world that preceded or contended with our globalized notion of the international comprised of discrete, sovereign nation-states connected by seas. The objective is both to historicize and pluralize visions of the world, so as to grapple with our contemporary predicaments. We focus on […]

Between the World and the International: Thinking with Ottoman and Islamic Pasts
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
November 10, 2016 / 9:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sultan Room, Berkeley CA

Two Day Workshop

DAY ONE (DAY TWO) This interdisciplinary workshop considers Ottoman/Islamic visions of the world that preceded or contended with our globalized notion of the international comprised of discrete, sovereign nation-states connected by seas. The objective is both to historicize and pluralize visions of the world, so as to grapple with our contemporary predicaments. We focus on […]

Colloquium: Of Mistakes, Errors, and Superstition: Wittgenstein's Remarks on Frazer
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
February 24, 2016 / 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
3401 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology at the Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Johns Hopkins University in 2000, she taught at the Delhi School of Economics for more than thirty years and also held a joint appointment at the New School for Social Research from 1997- 2000.

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