We are pleased that IJRF is continuing to catch up on its backlog. While this volume comes under the label of 2019, the articles were written in 2020 and 2021. The issue is being published at the end of 2021.
Our guest editors for this special issue are Dr Dennis P. Petri and Prof Dr Govert J. Buijs. Dr Petri has contributed articles to several previous issues of the IJRF. A political scientist, international consultant and researcher, Petri founded and serves as scholar-at-large of the Observatory of Religious Freedom in Latin America (OLIRE). Dr Buijs is professor of political philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and holds the Kuyper Chair for ‘Political philosophy and religion’ as well as the Goldschmeding Chair ‘Economy in relation to civil society’.
Dr Petri and Dr Buijs held a two-part virtual expert seminar on 18 and 25 May 2020 on The Impact of Religious Freedom Research. The seminar included 13 excellent papers on a wide variety of subjects related to religious freedom research, which form the foundation of this issue. We appreciate Dr Petri and Dr Buijs’s work in editing this issue of IJRF.
Yours for religious freedom,
Prof Dr Janet Epp Buckingham, executive editor