Welcome to Canopy Forum!

Welcome to Canopy Forum!

Canopy Forum is a digital publication from the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. Our contributors deliver expert analysis on important issues of law and religion around the world.

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Interactions Podcast

Interactions Podcast

The Interactions podcast, a podcast about the interactions between law and religion, is produced by the CSLR and distributed by Canopy Forum. Listen wherever you get your podcasts for article reads, roundtable discussions, and expert analysis.

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Martyrs, Minorities, Faith and Fidelity

Martyrs, Minorities, Faith and Fidelity

Coming in January 2022, this online course by Professor Mona Siddiqui explores the polyvalent meanings of ‘loyalty’ in Christian and Islamic thought.

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“Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers” by Charles McCrary

Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers by Charles McCrary The following material is excerpted and lightly adapted from the introduction and eighth chapter of Sincerely Held: American Secularism and Its Believers (Chicago 2022). In 2020, legislators in Iowa introduced a bill that would define the phrase “bona fide religious purpose,” from the state’s 1965

“Limiting Oppression: Duress and Unconscionability in Islamic Law” by Rabea Benhalim

A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration. View the full video and browse all essays here. “Limiting Oppression: Duress and Unconscionability in Islamic Law” Rabea Benhalim “Indeed, God orders justice and beauty

“Proposal for a Muslim American Alternate Dispute Resolution and Mediation Center” by Abed Awad and Lee Ann Bambach

A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration. View the full video and browse all essays here. “Proposal for a Muslim American Alternate Dispute Resolution and Mediation Center” Abed Awad Lee Ann Bambach

“Secular Law and Equity in Beth Din Decisions” by Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann

A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration. View the full video and browse all essays here. “Secular Law and Equity in Beth Din Decisions” Rabbi Shlomo Weissmann While recently reading the introduction

“Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s religious liberty opinions won’t bother most American Jews” by Michael Helfand

President Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill Justice Breyer’s seat on the Supreme Court. The nomination is no doubt historic: If confirmed, Judge Jackson would be the third Black Supreme Court justice and first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. When it comes to matters of church and state, issues

“The U.S. Role in Combating Global Islamophobia” by Engy Abdelkader

Last December, U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Combating International Islamophobia Act. The bill creates a new position – a Special Envoy – within the U.S. State Department. The envoy would monitor Islamophobia globally.  While the House passed companion legislation around the same time, the Senate bill

“Harold J. Berman on the Revitalization of Criminal Law and Religion” by Peter Wosnik

“Harold J. Berman on the Revitalization of Criminal Law and Religion” Peter Wosnik The age we live in can be defined in part by its skepticism: skepticism of our national history, of our traditions, of our institutions. Commentators from various ideological persuasions have bemoaned the collapse of important American institutions. According to Gallup polling, major

“Guiding Christians to the Best Conciliation Process and Preparing Them to Participate Well in It” by Candace McCune

A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration. View the full video and browse all essays here. “Guiding Christians to the Best Conciliation Process and Preparing Them to Participate Well in It” Candace

“The Russian Orthodox Church’s Empire of Media” by Jacob Lassin

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has strained the attempts of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) to maintain control and influence over its far-flung flock. The ROC has attempted to revive an imperial-style of church governance without the legal structures of an empire. Instead, it relies on mass media to cohere the wide territory claimed as its

“Reversing Course on Conciliation Clauses” by Ken Sande

A virtual conference sponsored by Canopy Forum of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory (CSLR) featuring scholars, experts and practitioners on the topic of religious arbitration. View the full video and browse all essays here. “Reversing Course on Conciliation Clauses” Ken Sande Although conciliation clauses (AKA, “religious arbitration clauses”) may be