The French notion of laïcité, which regulates ostentatious public displays or expressions of religion, is one of the classical models. Even so, it is misunderstood both in France and outside of it. In this interview, two of the preeminent architects of modern laïcité, Jean Baubérot and Henri Peña-Ruiz, discuss how they understand this complex concept with Dr. Sarah Fainberg as part of the February 2013 “Secularism on the Edge” conference. Their conversation ranges from explorations of the theoretical to practical, [...]
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On March 21, 2012, Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi-American mother of five, was found savagely beaten in her California home, and died three days later. Next to the body, according to her son, was a note reading: “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.” Understandably, the killing has been viewed by many as an Islamophobic hate crime. Although the circumstances of the crime remain unclear, the tragedy does raise many questions about religious tolerance, especially towards Muslim-American women who [...]