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    Secularism, free speech and the public university: student engagement with Israel-Palestine in a British campus

    Sheldon, Ruth (2016) Secularism, free speech and the public university: student engagement with Israel-Palestine in a British campus. In: Aune, K. and Stevenson, J. (eds.) Religion and higher education in Europe and North America. Research into Higher Education. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138652941.

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    Abstract

    This chapter explores how a hegemonic model of secular free speech shapes the fraught politics of Israel-Palestine in British universities by offering a case study of a campus debate about the academic boycott of Israel. It is argued that this event realised dominant secular norms of speech, defined in distinction from a pathological religious other, in ways that silenced students’ voices, and so subverted espoused academic values. The chapter concludes by learning from the creative responses of particular students who, drawing on Islamic and Jewish traditions, enacted alternative ethics of free speech within the public university.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is the accepted, pre-copy edited version of the following chapter: Sheldon, R. (forthcoming 2016) Secularism, free speech and the public university: student engagement with Israel-Palestine within a British campus, in Aune, K and Stevenson, J (eds.) Religion and Belief in Higher Education. London: Routledge.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Ruth Sheldon
    Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 13:10
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 22:12
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16397

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