Lori G Beaman

University of Ottawa, Professor

Lori G. Beaman I would like to acknowledge the support of the Religion and Diversity Project in the preparation of this article as well as the on-going financial support of my research through my Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada. I am also grateful to Marianne Abou-Hamad for her editorial assistance. is the Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religionin a Diverse Canada, Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa and the Principal Investigator of the Religion and Diversity Project, a 37 member international research team whose focus is religion and diversity (see Her publications include 'Deep Equality as an Alternative to Accommodation and Tolerance' published in the Nordic Journal of Religion and Society in 2014, 'The Will to Religion: Obligatory Religious Citizenship' published in Critical Research on Religion in 2013, 'Battles over Symbols: The 'Religion' of the Minority Versus the 'Culture' of the Majority' published in Journal of Law and Religion in 2013 and Defining Harm: Religious Freedom and the Limits of the Law published by UBC Press in 2008.


Foundation Update

From Negative to Positive Narratives: Values and Strategies in Negotiating Difference

The export of religious freedom from the West has serious consequences for religious communities around the world. The impact of such policies can serve to only further divide societies already torn by conflict. Perhaps the greatest problem is the Western, and even Christian, bias these policies contain. A better understanding of local sensibilities and contexts combined with an appreciation for local practices of negotiating religion would provide a more viable building block for the achievement of equality, writes Lori G. Beaman for our Global Perspectives Series.

01 May 2015

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