Who Wants to Be (Called) Religious?

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Drawing on recent work in the field of law and religion, this paper focuses on the skepticism often displayed towards a term that is simultaneously enabling and limiting: that of “religion.” Regardless of our interrogation of it, this terminology is operative in the world—not only among the scholars who frame it as a second-order category, but among our interlocutors, kinship networks, and public figures. Given the baggage that often accompanies it, I argue that it is unsurprising that so many of us are hesitant to apply this label to the people, places, and practices to which we attach meaning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-449
Number of pages6
JournalPolitical Theology
Issue number5
Early online date5 Feb 2021
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2021


  • Category of religion
  • Indigenous religion
  • Noble Drew Ali
  • evangelical Christianity
  • law
  • religious freedom


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