Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall is Wilson Professor of Religious Freedom at Baylor University, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Religious Freedom Institute, and a contributing editor of Providence.

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Cause for Alarm? Indonesia’s Weekend of Violence Prompts Vigilance and Concern
Cause for Alarm? Indonesia’s Weekend of Violence Prompts Vigilance and Concern

Last weekend’s seven bombings in Surabaya reveal a marked escalation of ISIS capabilities in Indonesia and also show changes in tactics. This is probably only the first wave of awaited attacks by ISIS returnees from the Middle East. Nevertheless, the terrorism threat in the country remains small.

Advice for Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback
Advice for the Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom

While the work of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom is vital, the ambassador is most effective when he or she influences the department and US policy as a whole. The combination of ambassador-at-large and religion is thus a difficult one at State, so having someone as politically experienced as Brownback in the role is vital.

INDONESIA’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, CONSTITUTIONAL COURT AND ULAMA COUNCIL
Indonesia’s Religious Freedom, Constitutional Court, and Ulama Council

Indonesian President Jokowi should make clearer that while the Indonesian Ulama Council’s (MUI) has every right to issue its opinions, it does not speak for the government nor make laws for this diverse and multi-religious country.

Indonesia's Constitutional Court Strikes Major Blow Defending Religious Freedom
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Strikes Major Blow Defending Religious Freedom

In an unexpected move, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court unanimously agrees on an action that provides a major advance in religious freedom.

Paul Marshall Lecture: “Christianity & Islam”

The following lecture was recorded during Providence’s 2017 Christianity and National Security Conference. Paul Marshall discusses the historical relationships between…

When Blasphemy Runs Amok
When Blasphemy Runs Amok

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama’s (Ahok) case in Indonesia amply illustrates the dangers of blasphemy accusations, and not only to those accused.