Our Scholarship

What happens when law and religion collide? Answers can be found in the writings and lectures of CSLR scholars. The increasingly volatile relationship of religious and political communities around the globe, particularly within the past decade, has made it imperative for religion and state to learn to cooperate with each other -- lest they annihilate cherished traditions and cultures worldwide.

JLR Features Prominent Thought Leaders in the Field

The Center is pleased to share the inaugural issue of the Journal of Law and Religion which features articles on happiness by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr, among many others. Articles will highlight Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic perspectives on happiness.


Recent Publications

What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship

As the Muslim population of the United States grows, debates over how Muslims should engage the civil and political life of the U.S. are increasingly common.... more

Hopes for Better Spouses

With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to release its decision on two monumental same-sex marriage cases in the next few weeks, the implications of the Court’s... more

Recent Lectures & Panels

2014 McDonald Distinguished Scholar Lectures on Christian Scholarship.

Featured Scholar

Gideon Sapir

Professor Gideon Sapir teaches constitutional law with a concentration in religion-state issues and constitutional theory at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. A Senior Fellow at CSLR, he is spending his sabbatical year in Atlanta, working with John Witte, Jr., Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im and other Emory faculty members. He received an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Northwestern University. His recent writing broadly addresses how we as private individuals bring together our legal and religious commitments and tackles the role of religion and law governing marriage. “The subject is more nuanced and not a clear cut question, but the secular should be introduced to the state of Israel for it to remain loyal to its normative foundations—including equality, freedom of religion, right to marry and autonomy. There can be no justification for a religious monopoly over secular issues.”