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Abstract Since its independence in , Nigeria has struggled unsuccessfully to clearly articulate the relationship between religion and the state. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals. Issue Section:. You do not currently have access to this article. Download all figures. Sign in. You could not be signed in. Sign In Forgot password? What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity? How can we most fully understand—and realize—these rights going into the future?
In The Sacredness of the Person, internationally renowned sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas tells a story that differs from conventional narratives by tracing the concept of human rights back to the Judeo-Christian tradition or, alternately, to the secular French Pakistan is instead a distinct type of political geography, ungrounded in the historic connections of lands This work fills a significant gap in the current literature by providing a concise introduction to religious institutions and an insightful analysis of their role in world affairs.
Focusing on formal institutions specifically dedicated to governing religious communities, the work examines the intersections between religious and other global institutions This pioneering study examines the process of reasoning in Islamic law. Some of the key questions addressed here include whether sacred law operates differently from secular law, why laws change or stay the same and how different cultural and historical settings impact the development of legal rulings.
In order to explore these questions This book presents a comprehensive overview of religious policy in Russia since the end of the communist regime, exposing many of the ambiguities and uncertainties about the position of religion in Russian life. It reveals how religious freedom in Russia has, contrary to the widely held view, a long tradition, and how the leading religious institutions in Russia today, including especially the Russian Orthodox Church but also Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist establishments Increasingly, debates about religious symbols in the public space are reformulated as human rights questions and put before national and international judges.
Particularly in the area of education, legitimate interests are manifold and often collide. Religious symbols are loaded with meaning, not only for those who display them. They have generated controversy in many circles, be they religious Through redrafting the judgments of the ECHR, Diversity and European Human Rights demonstrates how the court could improve the mainstreaming of diversity in its judgments. Eighteen judgments are considered and rewritten to reflect the concerns of women, children, LGB persons, ethnic and religious minorities and persons with disabilities in turn.
Each redrafted judgment is accompanied by a paper outlining the theoretical However, even though two decades, —, have not been enough to bring the process of transformation to completion, we can state that, at that time, the basic regulative Islam and Political-Cultural Europe W. Cole Durham Jr. Kirkham, Tore Lindholm, eds. Islam and Political-Cultural Europe identifies the sometimes confusing and often contentious new challenges that arise in daily life and institutions as Islam settles deeper into Europe. Critiquing past and recent assimilation efforts in the fields of education, finance, and security, the contributors offer prospective solutions to diverse contemporary problems.
Exploring the interactions Hertzke, ed. What is the status of religious freedom in the world today? What barriers does it face? What are the realistic prospects for improvement, and why does this matter? The Future of Religious Freedom addresses these critical questions by assembling in one volume some of the best forward-thinking The proper relationship between religious commitment and the law of the land has always been contested and controversial. Nevertheless, the last 15 years have seen it become especially neuralgic in the UK, as ever more cases have found their way into the courts and the media.
Are human rights and religious commitment fully compatible? How far are minority legal This provocative book addresses one of the most enduring puzzles in political philosophy and constitutional theory—why is religion singled out for preferential treatment in both law and public discourse? Why, for example, can a religious soup kitchen get an exemption from zoning laws in order to expand its facilities to better serve the needy, while a secular soup kitchen with the same goal cannot?
Why is a Sikh boy permitted to wear his ceremonial In Cairo in the s, Leila Ahmed was raised by a generation of women who never dressed in the veils and headscarves their mothers and grandmothers had worn. To them, these coverings seemed irrelevant to both modern life and Islamic piety. Today, however, the majority of Muslim women throughout the Islamic world again wear the veil.
Why, Ahmed asks, did this change take This article analyses the critical yet elusive notions of state neutrality, secularism and religious coercion under Bradley Cambridge University Press Almost everyone today affirms the importance and merit of religious liberty. But religious liberty is being challenged by new questions for example, use of the niqab or church adoption services for same-sex couples and new forces such as globalization and Islamism.
Combined, these make the meaning of religious liberty in the twenty-first century uncertain. This collection of chapters It reveals how religious freedom in Russia has, contrary to the widely held view, a long tradition, and how the leading religious institutions in Russia This timely volume discusses the much debated and controversial subject of the presence of religion in the public sphere.
The book is divided in three sections. In the following A Test of Faith? Issues of religious diversity in the workplace have become very topical and have been raised before domestic courts and the European Court of Human Rights. Examining the controversial and constantly evolving position of religion in the workplace, this collection brings together chapters by legal and social science scholars and provides a wealth of Routledge How and what to teach about religion is controversial in every country. The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education is the first book to comprehensively address the range of ways that major countries around the world teach religion in public and private educational institutions.
It discusses how three models in particular seem to dominate This Handbook breaks new ground by addressing global security through the lens of religion and examining the role religion plays in both war and peace.
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In recent years there has been a considerable upsurge of public concern about the role of religion in contemporary violence. However, other than historical materials, there has been a relative neglect The Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law is an advanced level reference work which surveys the current state of constitutional law. Featuring new, specially commissioned papers by a range of leading scholars from around the world, it offers a comprehensive overview of the field as well as identifying promising paths for future research.
The book presents the key issues in constitutional The Post-Secular in Question considers whether there has in fact been a religious resurgence of global dimensions in recent decades. Foregrounding the most urgent and compelling What impulse prompted some newspapers to attribute the murder of 77 Norwegians to Islamic extremists, until it became evident that a right-wing Norwegian terrorist was the perpetrator?
Why did Switzerland, a country of four minarets, vote Kirkham, and Christine Scott Ashgate Islam, Europe and Emerging Legal Issues brings together vital analysis of the challenges that Europe poses for an expanding Islam and that Islam poses for Europe, within their ever-evolving religious, legal, and social environments. This book gathers some of the best thinking on Islam and the law affecting current and contested issues that can no longer be ignored, particularly Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating controversy over the right of Muslim women to wear headscarves.
Examining legal and political debates in Turkey, several European countries including France and Germany, and the United States, Elver shows the troubling exclusion of pious Muslim women from the public sphere in the name of In the days of Moses, blasphemy was the mortal offence of failing to respect the divine. Faithful Citizens: "Why those who do God, do good Religiosity has always been closely associated with conservatism: the Church of England is sometimes described as 'the Conservative party at prayer'.
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In the United States, the Republican party and the religious right have become increasingly interdependent, but a similar trend has not occurred on this side of the Atlantic. This report, based on original analysis of the Citizenship Description In recent years, the role of religion in the study and conduct of international affairs has become increasingly important. The essays in this volume seek to question and remedy the problematic neglect of religion in extant scholarship, grappling with puzzles, issues, and questions concerning Focusing on the intersection of religion, law, and politics in contemporary liberal democracies, Blackford considers the concept of the secular state, revising and updating enlightenment views for the present day.
Freedom of Religion and the Secular State offers a comprehensive analysis, with a global focus, of the subject of religious freedom from a legal as well as historical and Institute of Peace Press Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.
After the atrocities of 11 September and 7 July , many leading politicians justified encroachments on international legal standards and civil liberties in the name of security Eleven International Publishing From a variety of perspectives, much has been written about the European Convention on Human Rights ECHR and the case law of the Court of Human Rights, and yet there seems to be a gap in the literature when it comes to the impact This collection considers how contemporary cultural and religious diversity challenges and redefines national constitutional and legal frameworks and concepts, within the context of education.
It offers a critical reflection on the extent and meanings given to religious freedom in education across Europe. The contributions deal primarily with Western Europe although the book also includes a study of the US vibrant debates on Creationism As the new Europe takes shape, debates which had been confined to its constitutional structure are spilling over into more general areas, not least the field of law and religion. In this edited collection a team of experts seek to establish whether religion and the 'new' Europe are in conflict.
The collection looks at the question from two perspectives. In Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law: Toward a World Legal Tradition , Kristine Kalanges argues that differences between Western and Islamic legal formulations of religious freedom are attributable, in substantial part, to variations in their respective religious and intellectual histories. Kalanges suggests that while divergence between the two bodies of law challenges Hoover and Douglas M. Johnston Baylor University Press The role of religion in foreign policy debates, while never absent, has often been sidelined by popular prejudices and secular demands.
The global resurgence of religion and the threat of religiously-motivated terrorism have prompted new recognition of the need Relying on a new source of coded data for nearly countries and case studies of six countries, Brian J.
Grim and Roger Finke have crafted a work that offers a global profile of religious freedom and religious persecution. This book shows that, contrary to popular opinion, ensuring religious freedom for all reduces violent religious persecution and conflict It provides practical and accessible guidance on taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights.
It incorporates a step-by-step approach to the litigation process, covering areas such as lodging the initial application, legal aid, costs, interim The intellectual and political elites of the West take for granted that religion, in particular Christianity, is a cultural vestige, a primitive form of knowledge, a consolation for the weak minded, and an obstacle to peaceful coexistence.
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We are told that politics must take a neutral stance on religious values, and that societies must hold together without any reference to religious Freedom and equality of faiths and Weltanschauungen can find their maximum development within the context of a legal order based on freedom of conscience and separation of state and church that presupposes mutual cooperation between governmental and religious institutions, especially in the area He examines the facilitation and protection of individual and institutional religious freedom in EU law and the means through which the Union facilitates religious input and influence over law.
Identifying the The worlds of law and religion increasingly collide in Parliament and the courtroom. Religious courts, the wearing of religious symbols and faith schools have given rise to increased legislation and litigation. This is the first student textbook to set out the fundamental principles and issues of law and religion in England and Wales. Offering a succinct exposition Review by Thomas F.
Based on an extensive examination of Muslim-majority countries, they contend that laws and policies punishing blasphemy and apostasy are Cultural and religious identity and family law are inter-related in a number of ways and raise various complex issues. European legal systems have taken various approaches to meeting these challenges. This book examines this complexity and indicates areas in which conflicts may arise by analysing examples from legislation and court decisions in Germany, Switzerland, France, England and Spain. It includes questions of private international law The role of religion as a contentious and motivating force in society is examined here through the lens of the church-state dynamic in countries with three very different approaches to this crucial relationship.
Focusing on the United Kingdom, where there is official recognition of one religion by the state, the United States, where law imposes a separatism between religion and the state and Germany, where there is cooperation Cultural diversity requires new forms of legal equality and traditions of justice are the main keys of understanding the demands of recognition that rise from the cultural communities in Europe. In the opening section, the book deals with the issue of epistemic links between law, religion Ritual slaughter, financing of worship, funerals and burials, holidays, secularism, food and clothing requirements, status of ecclesiasticall communities From Europe to Asia through the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, this dictionary of law and religion provides a comprehensive overview of the management of "faix religieux" by government while illuminating the relationships forged over the centuries between rights of Norton Is religion a force for good or evil in world politics?
How much influence does it have? Despite predictions of its decline, religion has resurged in political influence across the globe, helped by the very forces that were supposed to bury it: democracy, globalization Bucar Georgetown University Press Creative Conformity demonstrates how certain liberal secular The European Convention on Human Rights has been a standard-setting text for transitions to peace and democracy in states throughout Europe.
This book analyses the content, role and effects of the jurisprudence of the European Court relating to societies in transition. It features a wide range of transitional challenges, from killings by security forces in This publication provides a fresh perspective on the litigation of the European Court of Human Rights by focusing upon the role that non-governmental organisations play in it. The inspiration for this work was the growing literature that points to human rights as the outcome of political and social struggles.
The role that NGOs play in these struggles Conflicts between conscience and law in the Western world, far from decreasing, have invaded all social and political spaces. A casebook developed for use in English-speaking law-school courses, Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives is dynamic combination of international and domestic materials, designed to stimulate discussion of familiar and sensitive issues of conflict and debate in a global context.
This unique This book brings together leading international scholars of law and religion to provide an overview of current issues in State-religion relations. The first part of the collection offers a picture of recent developments in key countries and regions. The second part is focused on Europe and, in particular, on the Nordic States and the post-communist countries where State-religion systems have undergone most profound change.
The third and final Fifty years after the founding of the European Court of Human Rights it has dispensed more than 10, judgments and affects the lives of over million people. Examining each of the Harris, M. O'Boyle, E. Bates, and C. Buckley Oxford University Press 2nd edition The eagerly awaited second edition builds on the great strengths of the first, and is an indispensible text for all undergraduates, postgraduates and practitioners.
Its publication The Price of Freedom Denied shows that, contrary to popular opinion, ensuring religious freedom for all reduces violent religious persecution and conflict. Others have suggested that restrictions on religion are necessary to maintain order or preserve a peaceful religious homogeneity. Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke show that restricting religious freedoms is associated with higher levels of violent persecution From Europe to Asia through the Americas, Africa, and Oceania, this dictionary of law and religion provides a comprehensive overview of the management of "faix religieux" by government while The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East.
William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are Intersentia 4th edition Since the first edition of "Theory and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights in ", this book has become a reference in the field of human rights in Europe. It provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of the functioning of the European Convention for the Protection of Churches as essential components of European culture have major significance for European integration.
The volume presents in its second edition a broad comparison of different systems of State and Church relationships in the Member States of the Evans Cambridge University Press He goes on to examine the mechanisms by which this freedom is guaranteed, and a number of problematic cases that have recently been discussed in the Council of Europe. In a concluding section Sign In Create User Account. About the Court. About the Consortium.
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Levy Oxford University Press Intermediate groups—voluntary associations, churches, ethnocultural groups, universities, and more—can both protect threaten individual liberty. The Tyranny of Silence. The volume, as a whole, reflects upon natural law doctrine and the religious other, giving a sense for why this Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox.
Describes and explains the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain Based on the Religion in the Public Square: Perspectives on Secularism. Religious Expression in the Workplace and the Contested Role of Law Andrew Hambler Routledge The workplace is a key forum in which the issue of religion and its position in the public sphere is under debate. The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion Hilal Elver Oxford University Press, First global examination of the headscarf controversy Provides sociological, legal, and political perspectives on the headscarf controversy Shows the crucial influence of the Constitutional Court decisions on the European Court of Human Rights Hilal Elver offers an in-depth study of the escalating Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey.
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