Northwestern University

Jun
3
Mon 12:00 PM

The Border President: The "Muslim Ban,” National Security, and the Politics of Religion — A Talk by Beth Hurd

When: Monday, June 3, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Where: Kresge Hall, The Forum (Room 1-515), 1880 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Co-Sponsor(s):
Global Politics and Religion Research Group (Buffett Institute)

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

Within one week of becoming president in January 2017, Donald Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The order and a second iteration that followed were enjoined by the Federal Courts. In June 2018, however, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a third iteration of the ban, Proclamation No. 9645, which placed entry restrictions on the nationals of eight states whose systems for sharing information the president deemed inadequate.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit that followed alleged that the primary purpose of the Proclamation was religious animus and that the President’s stated concerns about vetting protocols and national security were but pretexts for discriminating against Muslims. The latter argument did not prevail, however, and the ban stands. With the rise of anti-Muslim discourse at the highest levels of the American government, how could the Supreme Court find that Proclamation 9645 (the “Muslim ban”) is not about religion?

In this lecture, Beth Hurd explores the understandings of religion, and its presumed separation from national security, that characterize current American legal and political discourse.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd is Professor of Politics and Religious Studies and serves on the faculty of the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern University. She co-directs the Global Politics & Religion Research Group, the Politics of Religion at Home and Abroad project, and Talking Religion: Publics, Politics and the Media. She is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations and Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion and co-editor of Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age and Politics of Religious Freedom.

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