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A year after the repeal of blasphemy from English law, religious defamation laws are tightening their grip on the world, with the apparent support of the United Nations.
This event will reflect on the American presidential election, drawing on expert insights into the place of religion in the US, as compared with the European context.
The lecture will examine the links between the particular historical process of Christian secularisation in the West and its diverse globalised forms in other axial civilisations.
World expert of political Islam, Prof.Olivier Roy (EHESS, Paris), who will speak on: "Secularization and Fundamentalism: two faces of the same coin?"
The recent revival of religion around the globe has raised fundamental questions not only about its role in both national and international politics, but also concerning its claim to serve as a princi