4.00pm - 7.00 pm, February 23, 2009
CGIS-S250, 1730 Cambridge Street


The papers in the workshop “Religion and the Law” engage the problem of religious belief and its relationship to the law, in different times and places. The purpose of the workshop is to combine a discussion of the specific work of scholars doing innovative work in the fields of law and religion with a broader discussion of shared theoretical and methodological concerns.

Pre-circulated papers will be available by email. Please contact histecon@fas.harvard.edu.



4.00pm - 4.15pm

Emma Rothschild

Julia Stephens


Session One: “The Mysterious Virtue of Wax and Parchment”: Sovereignty and Salvation on the Frontier of the Early Republic

4.15pm – 5.00pm

Sam Haselby (Harvard Society of Fellows)

Discussant: Stephen Marini (Wellesley College)



Session Two: "Hindu Tolerance" and Religious Freedom: North India, ca. 1880-1930

5.00pm –5.45pm

Cassie Adcock (Washington University at St. Louis)

Discussant: Mridu Rai (Yale University)



Session Three: Toleration and Empire: The Origins of American Religious Pluralism


Evan Haefeli (Columbia University)

Discussant: Martha Minow (Harvard Law School)



Conclusions and Discussion