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1 On The Siege, see McAlister, Melani, Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East Since 1945, 2nd ed. (Berkeley, CA, 2005), 259–65.

2 Asad, Talal, Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity (Stanford, CA, 2003); Sullivan, Winnifred Fallers, The Impossibility of Religious Freedom (Princeton, NJ, 2005); Scherer, Matthew, Beyond Church and State: Democracy, Secularism, and Conversion (Cambridge, UK, 2013); Mahmood, Saba, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report (Princeton, NJ, 2015); Sehat, David, The Myth of American Religious Freedom (New York, 2011).

3 Williams, Elliott, “Resurrecting Free Exercise in Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC 132 S. Ct. 694 (2012),” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 36, no. 1 (Winter 2013): 391402. Ira Lupu, David Masci, and Robert Tuttle, “A Delicate Balance: The Free Exercise Clause of the Supreme Court” (Washington, DC: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Oct. 24, 2007), http://www.pewforum.org/2007/10/24/a-delicate-balance6/ (accessed Jun. 10, 2017).

4 Sullivan, Impossibility of Religious Freedom. For a U.S. foreign policy version of this argument, see Hurd, Elizabeth Shakman, Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion (Princeton, NJ, 2015).

5 On Asad, see Griffith, R. Marie and McAlister, Melani, “Introduction: Is the Public Square Still Naked?,” in Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States, ed. Griffith, R. Marie and McAlister, Melani (Baltimore, 2008), 125.

6 On the challenges of showing passion, see Williams, Linda, Hard Core: Power, Pleasure, and the “Frenzy of the Visible” (Berkeley, CA, 1999); Nash, Jennifer Christine, The Black Body in Ecstasy: Reading Race, Reading Pornography (Durham, NC, 2014).

7 Wenger, Tisa, We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom (Chapel Hill, NC, 2009).

8 A fuller analysis of state regulation of religion would need to distinguish between several types of religious freedom and privilege as well as explore its quotidian bureaucratic forms, such as which groups count as a religion for the IRS or the local zoning board. See Wenger, Tisa, Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal (Chapel Hill, NC, 2017).

9 Alsultany, Evelyn, Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation After 9/11 (New York, 2012).

10 For a useful analysis of The Kingdom and the politics of Arabness and blackness, see Moustafa Bayoumi, “The Race Is On,” Middle East Report, March 2010, http://www.merip.org/mero/interventions/race (accessed Jul. 14, 2017).

11 Sullivan, Winnifred Fallers, “Religion, Land Rights,” in Varieties of Religious Establishment, ed. Fallers, Winnifred Sullivan and Lori G. Beaman (New York, 2016), 93106.

Thank you to Brooke Blower, Carl Conetta, Kip Kosek, and Gayle Wald for their comments on earlier versions of this essay.

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