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12:00pm - Speaker Series: Mona Oraby - Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, Amherst College

  • When: September 25, 2019, 12–1:30 pm
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th floor, Lakeside, Chicago, IL 60611

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Administering Religious Difference: Two Regulatory Models

Her paper can be found here.

Drawing from her book project on the administrative regulation of religious affiliation and identification, in this talk Mona Oraby considers the Egyptian case study in relation to other states where religion is a compulsory feature of civil status. She proposes two models for understanding the institutional mechanisms that regulate religious difference in these states, including why and when those mechanisms endure across diverse geographic regions and majority-minority configurations.

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Mona Oraby is Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought at Amherst College. Her research sits at the intersection of law, religion, and politics with a focus on the regulation of religious difference in contemporary states. Before joining Amherst, she was the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She earned her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University, where she also completed graduate certificates in Religion & Global Politics and Middle East & North African Studies as well as held affiliations in the Center for Legal Studies, the International Studies Program, and the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs. Since 2017 she has served as editor of The Immanent Frame, the Social Science Research Council's digital publication dedicated to interdisciplinary questions of secularism, religion, and the public sphere. She additionally serves as a steering committee member of the Secularism and Secularity Unit of the American Academy of Religion.

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