Anthony Banout

(Ethics) “Islamic Modernism and the Possibility of Democratic Religious Freedom"

The element I think I will appreciate most during my time as a Junior Fellow of the Marty Center is the challenge to articulate relevancy, both to the internal academic community, but especially externally to those without formal academic training. It is my hope that in this articulation the task of writing becomes more fluid, the end product stronger, and my professional development as an educator is enhanced. I am also very much looking forward to being challenged by a talented group of peers, to learning more about their projects, and to the mutual enrichment that will result. Over the course of the year, my immediate goal is to write two additional chapters, bringing the dissertation more or less to completion. As the dissertation examines the role of religion in democratic political life, the Marty Center should prove an ideal setting.