Religious Toleration and the Securitization of Religion

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Religion is the classical object of toleration. Liberalism developed as toleration and rights protection of religious differences. More recently, religion - and more specifically, Islam and Muslims - has returned to the political agenda as part of processes of securitization, where religion has been framed as a threat requiring extraordinary political measures. The paper examines what securitization of religion implies for religious toleration. It argues that securitization affects the scope of toleration but also threatens to undermine the very meaning and function of toleration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaces of Tolerance : Changing Geographies and Philosophies of Religion in Today's Europe
EditorsLuiza Bialasiewicz, Valentina Gentile
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication dateJan 2020
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-22407-3
ISBN (Electronic)9780429274732
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020
SeriesResearch in Place, Space and Politics


  • Toleration
  • religion
  • securitization

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