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Christianity and Natural Law: An Introduction
Norman Doe, ed.
Cambridge Universtiy Press 2017

Historically, natural law has played a pivotal role in Christian approaches to the law, and a contested role in legal philosophy generally. However, comparative study of natural law across global Christian traditions is largely neglected. This book provides not only the history of natural law ideas across mainstream Christian traditions worldwide, but also... more

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State and Religion: Re-assessing a Mutual Relationship
Sophie van Bijsterveld
Wolf Legal Publishers 2017

With a foreword by Ján Figel, Special Envoy for Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief outside the EU

What room should be granted to controversial statements and expressions about faith? Should the state subsidize the building of places of worship? How much loyalty to the state can be demanded of religions? Under what circumstances... more

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Secularism: Politics, Religion, and Freedom
Andrew Copson
Oxford University Press 2017

  • Traces the history of secularism from the eighteenth century to the present day
  • Examines the deep tensions a secular state faces from resurgent religious identity politics, and those a religious state faces from insurgent secularists
  • Considers how secularism connects with contentious issues such as blasphemy, religious persecution, religious discrimination, and freedom of belief

Until the modern period the integration of church (or other religion) and state (or political life)... more

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From Violence to Peace: Theology, Law and Community
Alex Deagon
Hart Publishing 2017

This book contributes to the literature on jurisprudence and theology by arguing for the role of a theoretically robust Christian theology in a legal community dominated by secular and liberal ideology. It is not a doctrinal or empirical analysis, but a theoretical exposition of the way in which modern law has contingently drifted from its theological origins. As... more

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Law, Religion and Love: Seeking Ecumenical Justice for the Other
Paul Babie and Vanja-Ivan Savić
Routledge 2017

Increasingly, the modern neo-liberal world marginalises any notion of religion or spirituality, leaving little or no room for the sacred in the public sphere. While this process advances, the conservative and harmful behaviours associated with some religions and their adherents exacerbate this marginalisation by driving out those who remain... more

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Taxing the Church: Religion, Exemptions, Entanglement, and the Constitution
Edward A. Zelinsky
Oxford University Press Academic 2017

  • Explores the taxation and exemption of churches and other religious institutions, both empirically and normatively
  • Reveals that churches and other religious institutions are treated diversely by the federal and state tax systems
  • Focuses on church-state entanglements
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Christianity and Family Law: an Introduction
John Witte Jr. and Gary S. Hauk
Cambridge University Press 2017

The Western tradition has always cherished the family as an essential foundation of a just and orderly society, and thus accorded it special legal and religious protection. Christianity embraced this teaching from the start, and many of the basics of Western family law were shaped by the Christian theologies of nature, sacrament, and covenant. This volume introduces readers to the enduring and evolving Christian norms and teachings on betrothals and weddings; marriage... more

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Rabbi Akiva's Philosophy of Love
Naftali Rothenberg
Palgrave Macmillan 2017

This book explores the philosophy of love through the thought and life of Rabbi Akiva ben Joseph. Readers of the Talmud are introduced to Rabbi Akiva through the iconic story of his love for his wife Rachel. From this starting point, Naftali Rothenberg conducts a thorough examination of the harmonious approach to love in the obstacle-laden context of human reality. Discussing... more

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Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age
Nelson Tebbe
Harvard University Press 2017

Tensions between religious freedom and equality law are newly strained in America. As lawmakers work to protect LGBT citizens and women seeking reproductive freedom, religious traditionalists assert their right to dissent from what they see as a new liberal orthodoxy. Some religious advocates are going further and expressing... more

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Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels:
    Religious Arbitration in America and the West
Michael Broyde
Oxford University Press Academic 2017

This book explores the rise of private arbitration in religious and other values-oriented communities, and it argues that secular societies should use secular legal frameworks to facilitate, enforce, and also regulate religious arbitration.... more

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Interfaith Journeys: An Exploration of History, Ideas, and Future Directions
Katherine Marshall
World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University 2017

Interfaith initiatives reflect many social and religious ideals, but they respond above all to the cruel violence, tensions, and polarization of our times. Interfaith efforts seek immediate action to confront threats and they address root causes... more

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Religion, Liberty and the Jurisdictional Limits of Law
Iain T. Benson and Barry W. Bussey
LexisNexis Canada 2017

In recent years, law and religion scholarship in Canada has grown significantly. This distinctive collection of 18 papers addresses, from a variety of angles, the jurisdiction and the limits of law – an important but often overlooked aspect of settling the boundaries of church and state, religion and law. The volume draws the insights... more

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Shari'a Law and Modern Muslim Ethics
Robert W. Hefner, ed.
Indiana University Press 2016

Many Muslim societies are in the throes of tumultuous political transitions, and common to all has been heightened debate over the place of shari`a law in modern politics and ethical life. Bringing together leading scholars of Islamic politics, ethics, and law, this book examines the varied meanings and uses of... more

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Dissent on the Margins: How Soviet Jehovah's Witnesses Defied Communism and Lived to Preach About It
Emily B. Baran
Oxford University Press Academic 2016 

Emily B. Baran offers a gripping history of how a small, American-based religious community, the Jehovah's Witnesses, found its way into the Soviet Union after World War II, survived decades of brutal persecution, and emerged as one of the region's... more

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Religious Freedom at Risk: The EU, French Schools, and Why the Veil was Banned 
(Muslims in Global Societies Series)
Melanie Adrian
Springer 2016

This book examines matters of religious freedom in Europe, considers the work of the European Court of Human Rights in this area, explores issues of multiculturalism and secularism in France, of women in Islam, and of Muslims in the West. The work presents... more

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Religious NGOs in International Relations: The Construction of 'the Religious' and 'the Secular'
Karsten Lehman
Routledge 2016

Over the last 30 years, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become increasingly present in international discourses and active in international decision-making. Among the estimated several million NGOs in existence today, an increasingly visible number of organizations are defining themselves in religious terms &ndash... more

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The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao
Ian Johnson
Pantheon/Knopf (US), Penguin (UK) 2017

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, a revelatory portrait of religion in China today—its history, the spiritual traditions of its Eastern and Western faiths, and the ways in which it is influencing China’s future. 

The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao ... more

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Not in God's Name: Confronting Religious Violence
Jonathan Sacks
Schocken, First American Edition 2015

***2015 National Jewish Book Award Winner***

In this powerful and timely book, one of the most admired and authoritative religious leaders of our time tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism and violence committed in the name of God. If religion is perceived as being part of the problem, Rabbi Sacks argues, then it must also form part of the solution. When religion becomes a zero-sum conceit—that... more

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Agape, Justice, and Law: How Might Christian Love Shape Law?
Robert F. Cochran and Zachary R. Calo
Cambridge University Press Academic 2017

In a provocative essay, philosopher Jeffrie Murphy asks: 'what would law be like if we organized it around the value of Christian love, and if we thought about and criticized law in terms of that value?'. This book brings together leading scholars from a variety of disciplines to address that question. Scholars have given surprisingly little attention to assessing... more

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Shari's Law and Modern Muslim Ethics
Edited by R.W. Hefner
Indiana University Press 2016 

Many Muslim societies are in the throes of tumultuous political transitions, and common to all has been heightened debate over the place of shari`a law in modern politics and ethical life. Bringing together leading scholars of Islamic politics, ethics, and law, this book examines the varied meanings and uses of Islamic law, so as to assess the prospects for democratic, plural, and gender-equitable Islamic... more

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Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe: Switzerland
Compiled and annoated by Raimond Süess and René Pahud de Mortanges
Brill 2017 

This volume of Annotated Legal Documents on Islam in Europe covers Switzerland and consists of an annotated collection of legal documents affecting the status of Islam and Muslims. The legal texts are published in the original German, French and Italian language while the annotations and supporting material are in English. By legal documents are... more

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The Islamic Enlightenment: The Modern Struggle Between Faith and Reason
Christopher de Bellaigue
Bodley Head / Penguin Random House (UK) 2017
W.W. Norton & Company (US and Canada) 2017

The Islamic Enlightenment: a contradiction in terms?

The Muslim world has often been accused of a failure to modernise, reform and adapt. But, from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day, Islamic society in its Middle Eastern heartlands has in fact been transformed by modern ideals and practices... more

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Resolving Conflicts between Human Rights: The Judge's Dilemma
Stijn Smet
Routledge: Research in Human Rights Law 2017

Under the influence of the global spread of human rights, legal disputes are increasingly framed in human rights terms. Parties to a legal dispute can often invoke human rights norms in support of their competing claims. Yet, when confronted with cases in which human rights conflict, judges face a dilemma. They have to make difficult choices between superior norms that deserve equal... more

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Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1. Historical Perspectives
Timothy Samuel Shah and Allen D. Hertzke, eds.
Cambridge University Press 2016 (paperback) 

In Volume 1 of Christianity and Freedom, leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today. These include radical notions of dignity and equality, religious freedom, liberty of conscience, limited government, consent of the governed, economic liberty, autonomous civil society, and church-state separation, as well as more recent advances in democracy... more

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Christianity and Freedom: Volume 2 .Contemporary Perspectives
Allen D. Hertke and Timothy Samuel Shah, ed.
Cambridge University Press, 2016 (paperback) 

Volume 2 of Christianity and Freedom illuminates how Christian minorities and transnational Christian networks contribute to the freedom and flourishing of societies across the globe, even amidst pressure and violent persecution. Featuring unprecedented field research by some of the world's most distinguished scholars, it documents the outsized role of Christians in promoting human rights and... more

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The Collective Dimension of Freedom of Religion: A Case Study on Turkey
Mine Yıldırım
Routledge: Law and Religion  2017

The right to freedom of religion or belief, as enshrined in international human rights documents, is unique in its formulation in that it provides protection for the enjoyment of the rights "in community with others". This book explores the notion of the collective dimension of freedom of religion or belief with a view to advance the protection of this right. The book considers... more

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Religious Freedom, Religious Discrimination and the Workplace
Lucy Vickers
Hart Publishing 2016 

This book considers the extent to which religious interests are protected at work, with particular reference to the protection against religious discrimination provided by the Equality Act 2010. It establishes a principled basis for determining the proper scope of religious freedom at work, and considers the interaction of freedom of religion with the right not to be discriminated against on grounds... more

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Religious Freedom and Communities
Dwight Newman, ed.
LexisNexis Canada 2016 

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms lists what the Charter calls "fundamental freedoms" theoretically applying to everyone in Canada, regardless of whether they are a Canadian citizen, or an individual or corporation. These freedoms can be held against actions of all levels of government and are enforceable... more

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Religions and Constitutional Transitions in the Muslim Mediterranean
Alessandro Ferrari, James Toronto, eds.
Routledge ICLARS Series on Law and Religion 2016 

This book investigates the role of Islam and religious freedom in the constitutional transitions of six North African and Middle Eastern countries, namely Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, and Palestine. In particular, the book, with an interdisciplinary approach, investigates the role of Islam as a political, institutional... more

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Getting Religion: Faith, Culture, and Politics from the Age of Eisenhower to the Era of Obama
Kenneth L. Woodward 
Convergent Books / Penguin Random House Canada 2016 

Impeccably researched, thought-challenging and leavened by wit, Getting Religion, the highly-anticipated new book from Kenneth L. Woodward, is ideal perfect for readers looking to understand how religion came to be a contentious element in 21st century public life.

Here the award-winning author blends memoir (especially... more

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Religion as Empowerment
Kyriaki Topidi, Lauren Fielder
Routledge ICLARS Series on Law and Religion 2016 

This volume shows how and why legal empowerment is important for those exercising their religious rights under various jurisdictions, in conditions of legal pluralism. At the same time, it also questions the thesis that as societies become more modern, they also become less religious.

The authors look beyond the rule of law orthodoxy in their... more

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Church and State in Scotland: Developing Law
Francis Lyall
Routledge ICLARS Series on Law and Religion 2016 

The interaction of faith and the community is a fundamental of modern society. The first country to adopt Presbyterianism in its national church, Scotland adopted a system of church government, which is now in world-wide use. This book examines the development and current state of Scots law. Drawing on previous material as well as discussing... more

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Freedom's Edge: Religious Freedom, Sexual Freedom, and the Future of America
Frank Ravitch
Cambridge University Press Academic 2016

Freedom's Edge takes the reader directly into the heart of the debate over the relationship between religious freedom and LGBT and reproductive rights. The book explains these complex areas of law, and what is at stake in the battle to protect each of these rights. The book argues that religious freedom and sexual freedom share some common elements and that in most contexts it is possible to protect both. Freedom's Edge explains why this is... more

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Religion and the Exercise of Public Authority
Benjamin L Berger, Richard Moon, eds.
Hart Publishing 2016 

In the burgeoning literature on law and religion, scholarly attention has tended to focus on broad questions concerning the scope of religious freedom, the nature of toleration and the meaning of secularism. An under-examined issue is how religion figures in the decisions, actions and experiences of those charged with performing public duties.... more

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Freedom of Religion or Belief: An International Law Commentary
Heiner Bielefeldt, Nazila Ghanea, and Michael Wiener
Oxford University Press Academic 2016

  • Provides an authoritative interpretation of the scattered international human rights law provisions on freedom of religion or belief
  • Gives a precise and concise overview of the relevant international legal standards and their interpretation by
... more
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Religion, Migration and Identity
Martha Frederiks and Dorottya Nagy
Brill 2016 

Migration has become a major concern. The increase in migration in the 20th and 21st centuries has social, political and economic implications, but also effectuates change in the religious landscape, in religious beliefs and practices and in the way people understand themselves, each other and the world around them.... more

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Religious Freedom and Gay Rights: Emerging Conflicts in the United States and Europe
Timothy Shah, Thomas Farr, and Jack Friedmanm eds.
Oxford University Press Academic 2016 

  • Analyzes a current issue that is highly visible, controversial, and rapidly evolving
  • Brings diverse international perspectives to the examination of tensions between religious freedom and gay rights
  • Forecasts how an expanding rights for LGBT individuals will affect religious freedom in the coming years
... more
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Encyclopedia of Law and Religion. 5 vols.
Gerhard Robbers, W. Cole Durham, Jr., Donlu Thayer, eds.
Brill | Nijhoff 2016 

In recent years, issues of freedom of religion or belief and state-religion relations have become increasingly important worldwide. While some works have treated such issues regionally, the Encyclopedia of Law and Religion is unique in its breadth, covering all independent nations and jurisdictions as well as the major international organizations, treating the relation between law and religion in its various aspects, including those related to the role of religion in society... more

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Religion and Equality: Law in Conflict
W. Cole Durham, Jr. and Donlu D. Thayer, eds.
ICLARS Series in Law and Religion
Routledge 2016 

This volume presents an analysis of controversial events and issues shaping a rapidly changing international legal, political, and social landscape. Leading scholars and experts in law, religious studies and international relations, thoughtfully consider issues... more

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Religion and Law in the USA
Elizabeth A. Clark and Brett G. Scharffs
International Encyclopaedia of Laws — Religion 
Edited by Rik Torfs
Kluwer Law International 2016

A new volume in the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how the USA deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education... more

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Religious Freedom and Religious Pluralism in Africa
Editors:  Pieter Coertzen, Len Hansen, and Christian Green
African Sun Media 2016

Africa continues to be a region with strong commitments to religious freedom and religious pluralism. These, however, are rarely mere facts on the ground – they are legal, political, social, and theological projects that require considerable effort to realise. ... more

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The Confluence of Law and Religion: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Work of Norman Doe
Frank Cranmer, Mark Hill, Celia Kenny, Russell Sandberg, eds.
Cambridge University Press Academic 2016 

Since the early 1990s, politicians, policymakers, the media and academics have increasingly focused on religion, noting the significant increase in the number of cases involving religion. As a result, law and religion has become a specific area of study. The work of Professor Norman Doe at Cardiff University has served as a catalyst for this change, especially through the creation of the LLM in Canon Law in... more

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Conkle's Religion, Law, and the Constitution (Concepts and Insights Series)
Daniel O. Conkle
Foundation Press (West Academic) 2016 

This creative and tightly reasoned book brings a measure of coherency to this controversial and seemingly chaotic field of law. It begins by recounting the history of American religious liberty, from its Lockean origins to the First Amendment to the present day. Drawing... more

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Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World
Miroslav Volf
Yale University Press 2016 

More than almost anything else, globalization and the great world religions are shaping our lives, affecting everything from the public policies of political leaders and the economic decisions of industry bosses and employees, to university curricula, all the way to the inner longings of our hearts. Integral to both globalization and religions are compelling, overlapping, and sometimes competing... more

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Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment
Fourth Edition
John Witte, Jr. and and Joel A. Nichols
Oxford University Press Academic 2016 

  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of every Supreme Court case on religious freedom from 1815-2015
  • Analyzes every eighteenth century text that helped to form the original intent of the First Amendment no establishment and free exercise
... more
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We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics
Neil J. Young
Oxford University Press Academic 2015 

  • Upends widely-believed myths about the rise of the Religious Right
  • Offers an alternative political history of the last three decades
  • One of the first books to include Mormons in discussions of the emergence of the Religious Right
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Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom
Jacob T. Levy
Oxford University Press 2015

Intermediate groups—voluntary associations, churches, ethnocultural groups, universities, and more—can both protect threaten individual liberty. The same is true for centralized state action against such groups. This wide-ranging book argues that, both normatively and historically, liberal political thought rests on a deep tension between a rationalist suspicion... more

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Religious Hatred and International Law:
The Prohibition of Incitement to Violence or Discrimination

Jeroen Temperman
Cambridge University Press Academic 2015

The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights obliges state parties to prohibit any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination or violence. This book traces the origins of this provision and proposes an actus reus for this offence. The question of whether hateful incitement is a prohibition... more

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Intolerant Religion in a Tolerant-Liberal Democracy
Yussi Nehustan
Hart Publishing 2015 

This book aims to examine and critically analyse the role that religion has and should have in the public and legal sphere. The main purpose of the book is to explain why religion, on the whole, should not be tolerated in a tolerant-liberal democracy and to describe exactly how it should not be tolerated – mainly by addressing legal issues. 

The main arguments of the book are, first, that as... more

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Living Sufism in North America
William Rory Dickson
SUNY Press 2015 

Offers an overview of Sufism in North America.

In this book, William Rory Dickson explores Sufism as a developing tradition in North America, one that exists in diverse and beguiling forms. Sufism’s broad-minded traditions of philosophy, poetry, and spiritual practice infused Islamic civilization for centuries and drew the attention of interested Westerners. By the early twentieth century, Sufism was being practiced... more

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Law and Religion in Africa: The Quest for the Common Good in Pluralistic Societies
Pieter Coertzen, M. Christian Green, Len Hansen, eds.
African Sun Media 2015

In our time the study of law and religion is emerging as a wide-ranging and vital academic discipline, with increasingly urgent implications for society at large. Lying at the intersection of a variety of other disciplines – law, theology... more

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Religion and Politics in the European Union: The Secular Canopy
François Foret
Cambridge University Press 2015 

This book analyzes the place and influence of religion in European politics. François Foret presents the first data ever collected on the religious beliefs of European decision makers and what they do with these beliefs. Discussing popular assumptions such as the return of religion, aggressive European secularism, and religious lobbying, Foret offers objective data and... more

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The Law of Treaties
Direito dos Tratados

Valerio de Oliveira Mazzuoli
Grupo Editorial Nacional (Brazil) 2016

O crescimento extraordinário do número de tratados internacionais concluídos nas últimas décadas tem feito despertar em todo o mundo o estudo do Direito dos Tratados. 

No Brasil, em especial, o assunto ganhou maior relevo apenas recentemente, dada a tardia... more

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Constituionalism and Religion
Francois Venter
Elgar Monographs in Constitutional and Administrative Law 2015

This topical book examines how the goals of constitutionalism – good and fair government – are addressed at a time when the multi-religious composition of countries’ populations has never before been so pronounced. How should governments, courts and officials deal with this diversity? The widely accepted principle of treating others as you wish them to treat you and the universal recognition of human dignity speak against preferential treatment of any religion. Faced with... more

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Faith in the New Millennium
Matthew Avery Sutton and Darren Dochuk, eds.
Oxford University Press Academic 2015

  • Highlights some of the ways in which religion is impacting the most important political, social, and cultural issues of the current era
  • Reflects cutting edge research from a new generation of leading historians working across a striking variety of fields and subfields
  • Helps explain how contemporary issues and controversies arose from deep historic tradition
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The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty
Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders, and Zoë Robinson, eds.
Oxford University Press Academic 2016 

  • Draws on a broad range of historical, religious, philosophical, and legal perspectives
  • Addresses the shift from individual to institutional accounts of religious liberty, and discusses the transition from claims of church autonomy to corporate rights of religious free exercise
  • Debates the implications of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and its impact on anti-discrimination law, same-sex marriage, health care, and religious freedom
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We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics
Neil J. Young
Oxford University Press USA 2015 

  • Upends widely-believed myths about the rise of the Religious Right
  • Offers an alternative political history of the last three decades
  • One of the first books to include Mormons in discussions of the emergence of the Religious Right
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The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
R. Scott Appleby, Atalia Omer, and David Little, eds.
Oxford Handbooks Online 2015

This book provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary account of the scholarship on religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. Extending that inquiry beyond its traditional parameters, the volume explores the legacies of colonialism, missionary activism, secularism, orientalism, and liberalism. While featuring case studies from diverse contexts and traditions... more

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The Experiences of Face Veil Wearers in Europe and the Law
Eva Brems 
Cambridge University Press Academic 2016 

One of the most remarkable aspects pertaining to the legal bans and societal debates on the face veil in Europe is that they rely on assumptions which lack any factual basis. To rectify this, Eva Brems researched the experiences of women who wear a face veil in Belgium and brought her research results together with those of colleagues... more

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From Your Gods to Our Gods: A History of Religion in Indian, South African, and British Courts
Marco Ventura
Cascade Books 2014

The global world debates secularism, freedom of belief, faith-based norms, the state's arbitration of religious conflicts, and the place of the sacred in the public sphere. In facing these issues, Britain, India, and South Africa stand out as unique laboratories. They have greatly influenced the rest of the world. As single countries and together as a whole, the three have moved from the colonial clash of antagonistic religions (of your gods) to... more

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The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity
Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions
Guy G. Stroumsa
Oxford University Press 2015 

  • Launches the new Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions series
  • Shows how religious history of late antiquity informs our understanding of the genesis of Islam
  • Examines the main developments in religious trends in the Near East (in particular in Christianity)
... more
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The Tyranny of Silence
Flemming Rose
Cato Institute, November 2014 

When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (Viby, Denmark) published the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed nine years ago, Denmark found itself at the center of a global battle about the freedom of speech. The paper's culture editor, Flemming Rose, defended the decision to print the 12 drawings, and he quickly came to play a central part in the debate about the limitations to freedom of speech in the 21st century. Since then,... more

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Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue
Anver M. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak
Oxford University Press 2014 

  • The three programmatic essays provide a sense for how natural law doctrine arises and functions in each tradition, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic.
  • The volume, as a whole, reflects upon natural law doctrine and the religious other, giving a sense for why this
... more
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Roman Faith and Christian Faith: Pistis and Fides in the Early Roman Empire and Early Churches
Teresa Morgan
Oxford University Press 2015

  • An interdisciplinary study locating Christian faith fully in its Greek, Roman, and Jewish contexts
  • Multi-thematic - Connects the study of 'faith' with Christian ethics, ecclesiology, Christology, and eschatology
... more
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Routledge Handbook of Law and Religion
Silvio Ferrari, ed.
Routledge 2015 

The field of law and religion studies has undergone a profound transformation over the last thirty years, looking beyond traditional relationships between State and religious communities to include rights of religious liberty and the role of religion in the public space.

This handbook features new, specially commissioned... more

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The Prophet and the Reformer: The Letters of Brigham Young and Thomas L. Kane
Edited by Matthew J. Grow and Ronald W. Walker
Oxford University Press USA 2015 

Until his death in 1877, Brigham Young guided the religious, economic, and political life of the Mormon community, whose settlements spread throughout the West and provoked a profound political, legal, and even military confrontation with the American nation. Young first met Thomas L. Kane on the plains of western Iowa in 1846. Young came to rely on Kane, 21 years his junior, as his most trusted outside adviser... more

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Religion and the Secular State: National Reports
Javier Martínez-Torrón & W. Cole Durham, Jr., General Reporters
Donlu D. Thayer, Editor
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Complutense, 2015 

This volume is the collection in final form of the National Reports on the topic "Religion and the Secular State" prepared for The 18th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law. The Congress is the once-every-four-years meeting... more

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Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law: Toward a World Legal Tradition
Kristine Kalanges
Oxford University Press 2015 

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... more

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Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners?
Donald A. Yerxa
Bloomsbury Academic Publishing (forthcoming 2015)

About Religion and Innovation

It is often assumed that religion is backward-looking, that it is opposed to the new. This is a constant refrain in polemical writing; it has to some extent permeated the public mind and can even be found in academic publications. But recent scholarship... more

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Changing Nature of Religious Rights under International Law
Malcolm Evans, Peter Petkoff, and Julian Rivers
Oxford University Press 2015

  • Provides a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the controversial human right to freedom of religion or belief under international law
  • Evaluates the different components of this right, drawing on the 1981 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief and other relevant sources
  • Offers an in-depth analysis of specific issues like religious conversions, religious hatred
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God, Schools, and Government Funding: First Amendment Conundrums
Laurence H. Winer and Nina J. Crimm
Ashgate 2015 

In recent years, a conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, over vigorous dissents, has developed circumventions to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that allow state legislatures unabashedly to use public tax dollars increasingly to aid private elementary and secondary education. This expansive and innovative legislation provides considerable governmental... more

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Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox
Grace Davie
Wiley-Blackwell, 2015

Religion in Britain evaluates and sheds light on the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain; it explores the country’s increasing secularity alongside religion’s growing presence in public debate, and the impact of this paradox on Britain’s society.

  • Describes and explains the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain
  • Based on the
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Religious Freedom in America: Constitutional Roots and Contemporary Challenges
Allen D. Hertzke, ed.
University of Oklahoma Press 2015
Volume 1 in Studies in American Constitutional Heritage
Contributions by Roger Finke, Steven K. Green, Charles C. Haynes, Thomas S. Kidd, Robert Martin, Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Rajdeep Singh, Harry F. Tepker Jr., Asma T. Uddin, Robin Fretwell Wilson ... more

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Religion in the Public Square: Perspectives on Secularism
Issues in Constitutional Law Volume 8
Renáta Uitz
Eleven International Publishing 2014 

What is the place of religion and religious convictions in government, politics and in public life – taking into consideration the need to respect the free exercise of religion? In the separation or neutrality paradigm, religious organizations... more

American Public Religion in Frankfurter and Scalia’s Opinions
David C. Meadors
LFB Scholarly Publishing 2014 

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Meadors demonstrates weaknesses in the originalist methodology for interpreting the religion clauses of the First Amendment. He concludes that even though courts have an important role to play in protecting religious liberty via the First Amendment this protection needs supplementation by robust advocacy among citizens and mediating institutions in the democratic process. His thesis is that Felix Frankfurter and Antonin Scalia found different... more

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Religious Expression in the Workplace and the Contested Role of Law
Andrew Hambler
Routledge 2014

The workplace is a key forum in which the issue of religion and its position in the public sphere is under debate. Desires to observe and express religious beliefs in the workplace can introduce conflict between employees and employers. This book addresses the role the law plays in the resolution of these potential conflicts.

The book considers the definition and underlying motives of religious expression... more

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Jurisprudence and Theology in Late Ancient and Medieval Jewish Thought
Joseph E. David
Springer 2014

  • Sheds light on an important and overlooked aspect of Jewish jurisprudential thought
  • Offers a fascinating combination of rigor textual reading and conceptual analysis
  • A pioneering venture in developing a synoptic perspective on Jewish-Islamic comparative jurisprudence
  • Provides a path-breaking account
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The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion
Hilal Elver
Oxford University Press, 2014

  • 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... more

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Freedom of Religion and Belief in Turkey
Editors: Özgür Heval Ҫınar, Mine Yıldırım
Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014

"The protection of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion is one of the most basic tenets of a democratic society. This right is not only crucial for those who believe, but is also so for atheists, agnostics and sceptics who have no religious beliefs. It is also considered a cornerstone of a democratic society and is closely linked to pluralism, tolerance and open-mindedness. Turkey has been involved in an accession process... more

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Religious Diversity: Philosophical and Political Dimensions
Roger Trigg
Cambridge University Press 2014 

Should we merely celebrate diversity in the sphere of religion? What of the social cohesion of a country? There is a constant tug between belief in religious truth and the need for respect for other religions. Religious Diversity: Philosophical and Political Dimensions examines how far a firm faith can allow for toleration of difference and respect the need for religious freedom. It elucidates... more

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Religion, Law and Society
Russell Sandberg
Cambridge University Press 2014 

Issues concerning religion in the public sphere are rarely far from the headlines. As a result, scholars have paid increasing attention to religion. These scholars, however, have generally stayed within the confines of their own respective disciplines. To date there has been little contact between lawyers and sociologists. Religion, Law and Society explores whether, how and why law and religion should interact with the... more

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Religion and Law in the United Kingdom, 2nd Ed.
Mark Hill QC, Russell Sandberg, Norman Doe
Kluwer Law International 2014 

Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how the United Kingdom deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media.

After a general introduction describing the social... more

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Religion, Law and Society
Russell Sandberg
Cambridge University Press 2014 

Issues concerning religion in the public sphere are rarely far from the headlines. As a result, scholars have paid increasing attention to religion. These scholars, however, have generally stayed within the confines of their own respective disciplines. To date there has been little contact between lawyers and sociologists. Religion, Law and Society explores whether, how and why law and religion should interact with the sociology of religion.... more

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Le culte des droits de l’homme
Valentine Zuber
Gallimard 2014

La Déclaration des droits de l’homme et du citoyen, œuvre éclair du mois d’août 1789, est devenue dès sa promulgation l’un des symboles révolutionnaires les plus populaires en France et à l’étranger. Véritable évangile des principes sacrés de la République française, elle a immédiatement été considérée comme l’indispensable abrégé, le catéchisme de la formation... more

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Principles of Hindu Law - Personal Law of Hindus, Buddhists, Jains & Sikhs
Tahir Mahmood
Universal Law Publishing Co. 2014

Despite the Constitution's call for a uniform civil code the system of community-specific personal laws remains the order of the day in India. The codified personal law applicable under this conventional regime to four different religious communities, together having over 80% share in the country`s population, is inaccurately called 'Hindu Law'.

The... more

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What Is an American Muslim? Embracing Faith and Citizenship
Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Oxford University Press 2014 

  • Offers an argument for a secular state from an Islamic point of view 
  • Shows that the relationship between religion and the state is the product of historical and contextual negotiation, rather than suggesting a categorical separation between the two
  • Clarifies and discusses the legal, political, sociological, and demographic context in which American Muslims can affirm their
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Understanding Human Dignity
Christopher McCrudden, ed.
Oxford University Press, November 2013 

  • Outstanding calibre of contributors to the volume, including Baroness Hale of Richmond and the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols
  • International team of contributors from UK, USA and Europe
  • Includes a section on application of theory to current political debates, e.g. abortion, same-sex marriage
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Global Religious Movements Across Borders: Sacred Service
Stephen M. Cherry and Helen Rose Ebaugh, eds.
Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements 2014

From global missionizing among proselytic faiths to mass migration through religious diasporas, religion has traveled from one side of the world and back again. It continues to play a prominent role in shaping world politics and has been a vital force in the continued emergence, spread, and creation of a transnational civil... more

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Revisionism and Diversification in New Religious Movements
Eileen Barker, ed.
Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements 2013

New Religious Movements tend to start their lives with a number of unequivocal statements, not only of a theological nature but also about the world and appropriate behaviours for the believer. Yet these apparently inalienable Truths and their interpretations frequently become revised, ‘adjusted’ or selectively adopted by different believers. ... more

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State Responses to Minority Religions
David M. Kirkham, ed.
Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements 2013 

The response of states to demands for free exercise of religion or belief varies greatly across the world. In some places, religions come as close as imaginable to autonomous existences with little interference from government. In other cases religion finds itself grinding out a meagre living, if at all, under the jealously watchful eye... more

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The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution
John W. Compton
Harvard University Press 2014 

The New Deal is often said to represent a sea change in American constitutional history, overturning a century of precedent to permit an expanded federal government, increased regulation of the economy, and eroded property protections. John Compton offers a surprising revision of this familiar narrative, showing that nineteenth-century evangelical Protestants, not New Deal reformers, paved the way... more

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Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East
Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
Yale University Press 2014 

During the 1930s and 1940s, a unique and lasting political alliance was forged among Third Reich leaders, Arab nationalists, and Muslim religious authorities. From this relationship sprang a series of dramatic events that, despite their profound impact on the course of World War II, remained  secret until now. In this groundbreaking book, esteemed Middle East scholars... more

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Religion and Law in Spain
Javier Martínez-Torrón
Kluwer Law International 2014 

Derived from the renowned multi-volume International Encyclopaedia of Laws, this convenient resource provides systematic information on how Spain deals with the role religion plays or can play in society, the legal status of religious communities and institutions, and the legal interaction among religion, culture, education, and media. After a general introduction describing the social and historical background, the book goes on to explain the legal framework... more

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Precedent in Pakistani Law
Muhammad Munir
Oxford University Press Pakistan 2014 

In the Common Law system, it is the doctrine of ‘precedent’ which courts depend upon, more than any other legal doctrine, while arriving at their decisions. The elements that constitute the doctrine of precedent are numerous and complex. Despite its considerable importance in the Pakistani legal system, the operation of this doctrine has so far drawn little academic attention. This work bridges that gap. It thoroughly examines the history, origin and context... more

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The Protections for Religious Rights: Law and Practice
Sir James Dingemans, Can Yeginsu, Tom Cross, and Hafsah Masood
Oxford University Press 2013 

About the book

  • The first book comprehensively to tackle the legal protections for religious rights.
  • Addresses the key standards and provisions through coverage of a substantial body of domestic
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The Library of Essays on Law and Religion
Silvio Ferrari and Rinaldo Cristofori, Series Editors
Ashgate September 2013

This series brings together the most influential and important articles in the field of law and religion from recent decades. The selection provides an insight into the many nuances and particularities of the field and reflects the wide range of issues and views of this growing discipline. ... more

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Law, Religion, Constitution: Freedom of Religion, Equal Treatment, and the Law
W. Cole Durham, Jr., Silvio Ferrari, Cristiana Cianitto, and Donlu Thayer, eds.
Asghate 2013

What is the place assigned to religion in the constitutions of contemporary States? What role is religion expected to perform in the fields that are the object of constitutional regulation? Is separation of religion and politics a necessary precondition for democracy and the rule of law? These questions are addressed in this book through an analysis of the constitutional texts that are in force in different... more

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Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings
Frederic M. Wehrey
Columbia University Press 

Beginning with the 2003 invasion of Iraq and concluding with the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, Frederic M. Wehrey investigates the roots of the Shiʿa-Sunni divide now dominating the Persian Gulf’s political landscape. Focusing on three Gulf states affected most by sectarian tensions—Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait—Wehrey identifies the factors that have exacerbated or tempered sectarianism, including domestic political institutions... more

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Religion and Politics in America: Faith, Culture, and Strategic Choices
Robert Booth Fowler, Allen D Hertzke, Laura R. Olson (Author), Kevin R. den Dulk
Westview Press 2013 (5th edition) 

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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They explore the historical... more

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Families and Faith: How Religion is Passed Down across Generations
Vern L. Bengtson, with Norella M. Putney, and Susan Harris
Oxford University Press USA 2013 

Few things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? How do some families succeed in passing on their faith while others do not? Families and Faith: How Religion... more

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Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn from the Latter-day Saints
Stephen H. Webb
Oxford Universtiy Press USA 2013 

  • First book by a well-respected, non-Mormon theologian to explore in depth what traditional Christians can learn from the Latter-day Saints
  • Takes Mormon theology seriously from an outsider's perspective, arguing persuasively that Mormons are a part of the Christian family tree, and that their doctrine offers valuable insights and alternatives to traditional Christianity.
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Thomas Jefferson's Qur'an: Islam and the Founders
Denise A. Spellberg
Knopf 2013 

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest... more

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Islamic Finance in Europe: Towards a Plural Financial System
Valentino Cattelan
Edward Elgar Publishing 2013 

'A thought provoking and scholarly compendium of essays on various important aspects of Islamic finance. The book is wider ranging than its title suggests; the key chapters do focus on the EU, but there are broader and particularly interesting topics including women and Islam and financial stability and development in the context of Islam. Overall a solid assessment of the progress Islamic finance has made in Europe.' – John Presley, Loughborough University... more

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Religion in a Liberal State
Gavin D'Costa, Malcolm Evans, Tariq Modood, eds.
Cambridge University Press 2013 

As religion has become more visible in public life, with closer relations of co-operation with government as well as a force in some political campaigns, its place in public life has become more contested. Fudged compromises of the past are giving way to a desire for clear lines and moral principles. This book brings the disciplines of law, sociology, politics and theology into conversation with one anther to shed light on the questions... more

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Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India
Yüksel Sezgin
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Law and Society 2013

About one-third of the world's population currently lives under pluri-legal systems where governments hold individuals subject to the purview of ethno-religious rather than national norms in respect to family law. How does the state-enforcement of these religious family laws impact fundamental rights and liberties? What resistance strategies do people employ in order to overcome the disabilities and limitations... more

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The Global Public Square: Religious Freedom and the Making of a World Safe for Diversity
Os Guinness
IVP Books 2013

How do we live with our deepest differences? In a world torn by religious conflict, the threats to human dignity are terrifyingly real. Some societies face harsh government repression and brutal sectarian violence, while others are divided by bitter conflicts over religion's place in public life. Is there any hope for living together peacefully? Os Guinness argues that the way forward... more

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Spiritual and Visionary Communities: Out to Save the World
Timothy Miller, ed.
Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements 2013 

Exploring religious and spiritual intentional communities active in the world today, Spiritual and Visionary Communities provides a balanced introduction to a diverse range of communities worldwide. Breaking new ground with its focus on communities which have had little previous academic or public attention, the authors explore a part of contemporary... more

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Prophecy in the New Millennium: When Prophecies Persist
Sarah Harvey and Suzanne Newcombe, Inform, UK, eds.
Ashgate Inform Series on Minority Religions and Spiritual Movements 2013 

Secular and spiritual prophets of doom abound in the information-rich twenty-first century - as they have for millennia. But there has yet to be worldwide floods, meteor impact, global computer failure, obvious alien contact, or direct intervention from God to end the world as we know it. Considering the frequency... more

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Mississippi Praying: Southern White Evangelicals and the Civil Rights Movement, 1945-1975
Carolyn Renée Dupont
NYU Press August 2013 

Mississippi Praying examines the faith communities at ground-zero of the racial revolution that rocked America. This religious history of white Mississippians in the civil rights era shows how Mississippians’ intense religious commitments played critical, rather than incidental, roles in their response to the movement for black equality.... more

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Islam and English Law: Rights, Responsibilities and the Place of Shari'a
Robin Griffith-Jones, ed.
Cambridge University Press - Academic 2013 

Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams triggered a storm of protest when he suggested that some accommodation between British law and Islam's shari'a law was 'inevitable'. His foundational lecture introduced a series of public discussions on Islam and English Law at the Royal Courts of Justice and the Temple Church in London. This volume combines developed versions of these discussions with new contributions. Theologians... more

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Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents
Vincent Phillip Munoz 
Rowman & Littlefield 2013

Throughout American history, legal battles concerning the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty have been among the most contentious issue of the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Religious Liberty and the American Supreme Court: The Essential Cases and Documents represents the most authoritative and up-to-date overview of the landmark cases that have defined religious freedom in America. Noted... more

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Sacred Scripture, Sacred War
James Byrd 
Oxford University Press USA 2013 

On January 17, 1776, one week after Thomas Paine published his incendiary pamphlet Common Sense, Connecticut minister Samuel Sherwood preached an equally patriotic sermon. "God Almighty, with all the powers of heaven, are on our side," Sherwood said, voicing a sacred justification for war that Americans would invoke repeatedly throughout the struggle for independence. ... more

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Reflections on Religion, the Divine, and the Constitution
Goerge Anastaplo 
Lexington Books 2013 

In Part One, the uses of divine revelation in the Western world are reviewed by recalling authors that include Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Maimonides, Cervantes, Hobbes, and Milton. The challenges posed by such monstrosities as Aztec human sacrifices and the Second World War Holocaust are recalled.

In Part Two, the challenges... more

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Feminism, Law, and Religion
Marie A. Failinger, Elizabeth R. Schiltz, Susan J. Stabile eds.
Ashgate 2013 

Series : Gender in Law, Culture, and Society

With contributions from some of the most prominent voices writing on gender, law and religion today, this book illuminates some of the conflicts at the intersection of feminism, theology and law. It examines a range of themes from the viewpoint of identifiable traditions such as Judaism, Christianity... more

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How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularism
Mary Eberstadt
Templeton Press 2013 

In this magisterial work, cultural critic Mary Eberstadt delivers a powerful new theory about the decline of religion in the Western world. The conventional wisdom is that the West first experienced religious decline, followed by the decline of the family. Eberstadt turns this standard account on its head. Marshalling an impressive array of research, from fascinating historical data on family decline... more

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The Constitutional Relevance of the ECHR in Domestic and European Law:
An Italian Perspective
Giorgio Repetto (ed.)
Intersentia  2013

In recent years the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) gained unexpected relevance in the European constitutional culture. On the one hand its increasing importance is closely linked to institutional reforms that strengthened the European Court of Human... more

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Religious Freedom in the Liberal State, Second Edition
Rex Adhar and Ian Leigh
Oxford University Press 2013

Examining the law and public policy relating to religious liberty in Western liberal democracies, this book contains a detailed analysis of the history, rationale, scope, and limits of religious freedom from (but not restricted to) an evangelical Christian perspective. Focussing on United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and EU, it studies the interaction between law and religion at several different levels, looking... more

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Religious Freedom: Jefferson’s Legacy, America's Creed
John Ragosta
University of Virginia Press 2013

For over one hundred years, Thomas Jefferson and his Statute for Establishing Religious Freedom have stood at the center of our understanding of religious liberty and the First Amendment. Jefferson’s expansive vision—including his insistence that political freedom and free thought would be at risk if we did not keep government out of the church and church out of government—enjoyed a near consensus of support at the Supreme Court and among historians... more

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Religion Law & Society – Across the Globe
Tahir Mahmood
Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. 2013

This book offers insights into a wide variety of intricate and inter-connected issues of Constitutional and socio-legal significance. Among the subjects covered are place of religion in political and legal systems of India and a large number of other countries, legal parameters of religious freedom, rights and problems of minorities, women's legal status and rights, communal harmony and peaceful coexistence, Islamic religion and law, resolution of religious disputes... more

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'Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America
Naomi Schaefer Riley
Oxford University Press 2013 

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In the last decade, 45% of all marriages in the U.S. were between people of different faiths. The rapidly growing number of mixed-faith families has become a source of hope, encouraging openness and tolerance among religious communities that historically have been... more

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Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison
Christian Joppke and John Torpey
Harvard University Press 2013

The status of Islam in Western societies remains deeply contentious. Countering strident claims on both the right and left, Legal Integration of Islam offers an empirically informed analysis of how four liberal democracies—France, Germany, Canada, and the United States—have responded to the challenge of integrating Islam and Muslim populations. Demonstrating the centrality of the legal system to this process, Christian Joppke and... more

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The Tragedy of Religious Freedom
Marc O. De Girolami
Harvard University Press 2013

When it comes to questions of religion, legal scholars face a predicament. They often expect to resolve dilemmas according to general principles of equality, neutrality, or the separation of church and state. But such abstractions fail to do justice to the untidy welter of values at stake. Offering new views of how to understand and protect religious freedom in a democracy, The Tragedy of Religious Freedom challenges the idea that matters of law and religion... more

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Thousands of believers of all faiths are in prison: 

A report of Human Rights Without Frontiers targets 18 countries  

Thousands of believers of all faiths - Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baha'is, Buddhists, Falun Gong practitioners, Hare Krishna devotees, Zoroastrians and even an atheist - were arrested, detained, kept in custody or sentenced to prison terms of various durations in 2012, according to a 90-page report published just before Easter by the Brussels-based NGO Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWF Int'l). ... more

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Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea
Faisal Devji
Harvard University Press 2013

Pakistan, founded less than a decade after a homeland for India’s Muslims was proposed, is both the embodiment of national ambitions fulfilled and, in the eyes of many observers, a failed state. Muslim Zion cuts to the core of the geopolitical paradoxes entangling Pakistan to argue that India’s rival has never been a nation-state in the conventional sense. Pakistan is instead a distinct type of political geography, ungrounded in the historic connections of lands... more

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Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians
Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, Nina Shea
Thomas Nelson 2013 

Christians are the world’s most widely persecuted religious group, according to studies by the Pew Research Center, Newsweek, and the Economist, among others.

A woman is caught with a Bible and publicly shot to death. An elderly priest is abducted and never seen again. Three buses full... more

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Introduction to Muslim Law
Tahir Mahmood & Saif Mahmood
Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. 2013

This is an abridged edition of the book Muslim Law in India and Abroad launched in March 2012. Chapters have been rearranged, long texts of Indian and foreign legislative enactments omitted, and judicial decisions reported during 2012 added, in this edition.

Modern India has a double family law regime. All religious groups in the country have community-specific personal laws applicable to them.... more

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The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights
Hans Joas [Alex Skinner, trans.]
Georgetown University Press 2013 

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... more

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Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers
Katherine Marshall
Routledge 2013 

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... more

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The Logic of Law Making in Islam: Women and Prayer in the Legal Tradition
Behnam Sadeghi
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization
Cambridge University Press 2013 

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... more

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Defending American Religious Neutrality
Andrew Koppleman
Harvard University Press 2013 

Although it is often charged with hostility toward religion, First Amendment doctrine in fact treats religion as a distinctive human good. It insists, however, that this good be understood abstractly, without the state taking sides on any theological question. Here, a leading scholar of constitutional law explains the logic of this uniquely American form of neutrality—more religion-centered than liberal theorists propose, and less overtly theistic than conservatives advocate.... more

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Diversity and European Human Rights: Rewriting Judgments of the ECHR
Edited by Professor Eva Brems, Universiteit Gent, Belgium
Cambridge University Press 2012

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... more

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Believing in Russia - Religious Policy after Communism
Geraldine Fagan
Routledge 2012

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... more

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The Lautsi Papers: Multidisciplinary Reflections on Religious Symbols in the Public School Classroom
Jeroen Temperman, ed.
Brill / Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2012 

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. Children’s educational... more

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Religious Symbols in Public Functions: Unveiling State Neutrality
Hana M.A.E. van Ooijen
Intersentia, Cambridge 2012 

A Comparative Analysis of Dutch, English and French Justifications for Limiting the Freedom of Public Officials to Display Religious Symbols

Religious symbols are loaded with meaning, not only for those who display them. They have generated controversy in many circles, be they religious... more

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El uso de símbolos como ejercicio del derecho de libertad religiosa en el ordenamiento jurídico italiano
Rebeca Vázquez Gómez
Thomson Reuters 2012 

La fuerza con la que el Estado italiano defiende la presencia del crucifijo en sus espacios públicos podría llevar a creer que la utilización personal de símbolos propios de otras religiones no es tan bien acogida. Después de acercarnos al sistema italiano de relaciones... more

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Concordat Agreements between the Holy See and the Post-Communist Countries (1990–2010)
Damián Němec
Peeters 2012 

The collapse of the communist regimes in Europe at the turn of 1980’s/1990’s led to the necessary to seek new models of State and Churches relations in the post-Communist countries. However, even though two decades, 1990–2010, have not been enough to bring the process of transformation to completion, we can state that, at that time, the basic regulative... more

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Islam and Political-Cultural Europe
W. Cole Durham Jr., David M. Kirkham, Tore Lindholm, eds.
Ashgate 2012 

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... more

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The Future of Religious Freedom: Global Challenges
Allen D. Hertzke, ed.
Oxford University Press 2012

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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... more

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No Establishment of Religion: America's Original Contribution to Religious Liberty
T. Jeremy Gunn and John Witte Jr., editors
Oxford University Press 2012 

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The First Amendment guarantee that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion" rejected the millennium-old Western policy of supporting one form of Christianity in each nation and subjugating all other... more

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The Religious Roots of the First Amendment:
Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State
Nicholas P. Miller
Oxford University Press 2012 

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Traditional understandings of the genesis of the separation of church and state rest on assumptions about "Enlightenment" and the... more

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Religion and Law
Theos 2012 

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... more

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Why Tolerate Religion?
Brian Leiter
Princeton University Press 2012

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... more

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A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America
Leila Ahmed
Yale University Press 2012 

In Cairo in the 1940s, 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... more

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Believing in Russia – Religious Policy after Communism
Geraldine Fagan
Routledge 2012

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... more

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Challenges to Religious Liberty in the Twenty-First Century
Gerald V. Bradley
Cambridge University Press 2012

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... more

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The Routledge International Handbook of Religious Education
Derek Davis and Elena Miroshnikova, eds.
Routledge 2012

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... more

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The Routledge Handbook of Constitutional Law
Mark Tushnet, Thomas Fleiner, Cheryl Saunders
Routledge 2012 

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... more

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No Longer Invisible: Religion in University Education
Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen and Douglas Jacobsen
Oxford University Press 2012 

Drawing on conversations with hundreds of professors, co-curricular educators, administrators, and students from institutions spanning the entire spectrum of American colleges and universities, the Jacobsens illustrate how religion is constructively intertwined with the work of higher education in the twenty-first century. No Longer Invisible documents how, after decades when religion was marginalized, colleges and universities are re-engaging... more

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Religion in Public Spaces: A European Perspective
Silvio Ferrari and Sabrina Pastorelli
Series : Cultural Diversity and Law in Association with RELIGARE
Ashgate 2012

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 first the public/private distinction is studied mainly from a theoretical point of view, through the contributions of lawyers, philosophers and sociologists. In the following... more

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A Test of Faith? Religious Diversity and Accommodation in the European Workplace
Edited by Katayoun Alidadi, Marie-Claire Foblets and Jogchum Vrielink
Series : Cultural Diversity and Law in Association with RELIGARE
Ashgate 2012

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... more

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The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security
Chris Seiple, Dennis Hoover, and Pauletta Otis, eds.
Routledge 2012 

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. 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... more

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The Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society
Edited by Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey and Jonathan VanAntwerpen
NYU Press 2012

The Post-Secular in Question considers whether there has in fact been a religious resurgence of global dimensions in recent decades. This collection of original essays by leading academics represents an interdisciplinary intervention in the continuing and ever-transforming discussion of the role of religion and secularism in today’s world. Foregrounding the most urgent and compelling... more

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The Right to Be Wrong: Enduring the Culture War over Religion in America
Kevin Seamus Hasson
Random House 2012 (revised edition)

In the running debate we call the "culture wars," there exists a great feud over religious diversity. One side demands that only their true religion be allowed in the public square; the other insists that no religions ever belong there. The Right to Be Wrong offers a solution, drawing its lessons from a series of stories—both contemporary and historical--that illustrates the struggle to define religious freedom. The book concludes that freedom... more

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The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age
Martha C Nussbaum
Belknap Press (Harvard University) 2012 

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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... more

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The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion
Hilal Elver 
Oxford University Press 2012

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... more

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The Future of Blasphemy: Speaking of the Sacred in an Age of Human Rights
Austin Dacey
Continuum 2012 

In the days of Moses, blasphemy was the mortal offence of failing to respect the divine. In an age of human rights, blasphemy is understood as a failure to respect persons, as insult, defamation, or “advocacy of religious hatred.” The criminalisation of this personal blasphemy has been advanced at the United Nations and upheld by the European Court of Human Rights, which has asserted a universal "right to respect for religious feelings."... more

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Enodowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America
Michael I. Meyerson
Yale University Press 2012 

The debate over the framers’ concept of freedom of religion has become heated and divisive. This scrupulously researched book sets aside the half-truths, omissions, and partisan arguments, and instead focuses on the actual writings and actions of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and others. Legal scholar Michael I. Meyerson investigates how the... more

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Iura Antiqua ac Iura Moderna: Methodo Comparativa Investigata − Opera Selecta, Tomus primus, Tomus secundus
Ausgewählte Schriften zur Antiken Rechtsgeschichte, Zur Rechtsvergleichung und zum Geltenden Recht — Erster Band, Zweiter Band
Gábor Hamza 
Eötvös University Press, Budapest

Der erste und zweite Band der ausgewählten Schriften von Professor Gábor Hamza, Mitglied der Ungarischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und Leiter des Instituts für Römisches Recht an der Staats, und Rechtswissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Eötvös Loránd Universität Budapest, enthalten seine Abhandlungen aus dem römischen Recht und... more

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Muslim Law in India and Abroad
Tahir Mahmood and Saif Mahmood
Universal Law Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd. 2012 

Muslims are the second largest religious community of India and therefore their personal law constitutes an important chapter of the Nation's legal system.

This book offers a comprehensive study of the entire gamut of Muslim law as applicable in India. Extensive critiques of each of... more

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Islam, Europe and Emerging Legal Issues
Edited by W. Cole Durham Jr., Rik Torfs, David M. Kirkham, and Christine Scott
Ashgate 2012

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... more

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Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty
John M. Barry
Viking Adult Division 2012

A revelatory look at how Roger Williams shaped the nature of religion, political power, and individual rights in America.

For four hundred years, Americans have wrestled with and fought over two concepts that define the nature of the nation: the proper relation between... more

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Faithful Citizens: "Why those who do God, do good ...."
Jonathan Birdwell & Mark Littler
Pamphlet, Demos 2012 

Religiosity has always been closely associated with conservatism: the Church of England is sometimes described as 'the Conservative party at prayer'. 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... more

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Rethinking Religion and World Affairs
Edited by Timothy Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Toft
Oxford University Press 2012

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... more

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Religious Organizations and the Law
William W. Bassett, W. Cole Durham, Jr., Robert T. Smith 
Thomson-West, 2007 - 2012 (4 volumes 2012)

Religious Organizations and the Law is a comprehensive analysis of the laws, decisions, statutes, ordinances, and regulations affecting the operation of religious entities in the United States. The 4000-page work also offers practical advice on entering and terminating transactions with churches, discussing current case law by jurisdiction. Chapter... more

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Freedom of Religion and the Secular State
Russell Blackford
John Wiley & Sons 2012 

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... more

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The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are
Robin Wright
U.S. Institute of Peace Press 2012

The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring. 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. They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more... more

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Civil Liberties, National Security and Prospects for Consensus: Legal, Philosophical and Religious Perspectives
Edited by Esther D. Reed and Michael Dumper, University of Exeter
Cambridge University Press 2012

The idea of security has recently seen a surge of interest from political philosophers. After the atrocities of 11 September 2001 and 7 July 2005, many leading politicians justified encroachments on international legal standards and civil liberties in the name of security... more

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The European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in Central and Eastern Europe
Leonard Hammer & Frank Emmert, eds.
Eleven International Publishing 2012

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... more

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Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right
Timothy Shah
Witherspoon Institute’s Task Force on International Religious Freedom 2012

Why now? Religious freedom is under sustained pressure today around the world. In some places, it is fair to say that religious freedom is under siege. The publication of Religious Freedom: Why Now? is a response to that sobering fact. Although scant attention is paid by governments, the academy, or the media, the implications of this crisis—and... more

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Law, Religious Freedoms and Education in Europe
Edited by Myriam Hunter-Henin, University College London, UK
Ashgate 2012

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.... more

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Law, State and Religion in the New Europe: Debates and Dilemmas
Lorenzo Zucca and Camil Ungureanu, eds.
Cambridge University Press 2012

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. Initially... more

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Freedom of Religion under Bills of Rights
Edited by Paul Babie and Neville Rochow
Foreword by The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC, KBE, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
University of Adelaide Press 2012   

Chapter 1 Paul Babie and Neville Rochow, Protecting Religious Freedom under Bills of Rights: Australia as Microcosm
Chapter 2 Ngaire Naffine, How Religion Constrains... more

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Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law: Toward a World Legal Tradition
Kristine Kalanges
Oxford University Press 2012

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... more

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Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings
Dennis R. Hoover and Douglas M. Johnston
Baylor University Press 2012

Publisher's Abstract:

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... more

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Equality, Freedom, and Religion
Roger Trigg
Oxford University Press 2012

Publisher's Abstract:

  • Addresses a topic of great topical concern, providing lucid analysis of debates frequently aired in the media
  • Written in an accessible style yet displaying a knowledge of underlying philosophical and theoretical
... more
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The Cooperation Model in State-Church Relations: Experience and Problems
Elena Miroshnikova
Lambert 2011

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... more

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The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment: Guarantees of States' Rights?
Ellis M. West
Lexington Books 2011 

The First Amendment of the U. S. Constitution begins: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . ." The Supreme Court has consistently held that these words, usually called the "religion clauses," were meant to prohibit laws that violate religious freedom or equality. In recent years, however, a growing number of constitutional law and history scholars have contended... more

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Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians: The Religious Roots of Free Societies
Marcello Pera
Encounter Books 2011 

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. We are told that politics must take a neutral stance on religious values, and that societies must hold together without any reference to religious... more

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Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide
Paul Marshall and Nina Shea
Oxford University Press 2011 

Review by Thomas F. Farr (Christianity Today, 29 December 2011)

.... In Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide (Oxford University Press), Paul Marshall and Nina Shea go bravely where the media fear to tread. Based on an extensive examination of Muslim-majority countries, they contend that laws and policies punishing blasphemy and apostasy are... more

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Law and Religion
Russell Sandberg, Cardiff University
Cambridge University Press 2011 

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... more

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The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere
Judith Butler, Jurgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, Cornel West, Edited by Eduardo Mendieta and Jonathan VanAntwerpen
Columbia University Press 2011

The Power of Religion in the Public Sphere represents a rare opportunity to experience a diverse group of preeminent philosophers confronting one pervasive contemporary concern: what role does—or should—religion play in our public lives? Reflecting on her recent work concerning state violence in Israel-Palestine... more

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Religion and the Public Order of the European Union 
Ronan McCrea
Oxford University Press 2011 

Religion and the Public Order of the European Union offers the first comprehensive account of the role of religion within the public order of the European Union. 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... more

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Libertad religiosa y principio de cooperación en Hispanoamérica
Alberto Patiño Reyes
Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas 2011

Coordinadora académica: Elvia Lucía Flores Ávalos
Coordinadora editorial: Karla Beatriz Templos Núñez
Edición: Miguel López Ruiz
Formación en computadora... more

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Islamic Law in Europe
Andrea Buechler
Ashgate 2011 

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... more

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The Church and State in Western Society
Edward J. Eberle
Ashgate 2011 

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... more

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The Place of Religion in Family Law: A Comparative Search
Jane Mair, Esin Örücü (eds.)
Cambridge: Intersentia 2011

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To what extent does family law accommodate, deny, support or reflect the existence of religion and religious belief in a range of jurisdictions and throughout various family and social situations? This collection of comparative essays brings together reflections... more

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The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States
Edited by Derek H. Davis
Oxford University Press USA, 2010

This Oxford Handbook presents an extensive, multidimensional overview of and an invaluable resource for study of the exceedingly complex field of church and state in the United States. Twenty-one essays offer a scholarly look at the intricacies and past and current debates that frame the American system of church and state, within five... more

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Tradizioni di giustizia e stato di diritto: Religioni, giurisdizione, pluralismo
Giancarlo Anello
ESI - Naples 2011

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... more

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Law and Religion in Europe: A Comparative Introduction
Norman Doe
Oxford University Press 2011

Publisher's Abstract:

  • An invaluable aid to students studying law and religion, offering the first comparative introduction to the laws of religion in Europe 
  • Explores and assesses the laws of religion
... more
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Tri-Faith America: How Catholics and Jews Held Postwar America to Its Protestant Promise
Kevin M. Schultz
Oxford University Press 2011

President Franklin D. Roosevelt put it bluntly, if privately, in 1942-the United States was "a Protestant country," he said, "and the Catholics and Jews are here under sufferance." In Tri-Faith America, Kevin Schultz explains how the United States left behind this idea that it was "a Protestant nation" and replaced it with a new national image, one premised on the notion that the country was composed of three separate, equally American faiths-Protestants, Catholics... more

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Dictionnaire du Droit des Religions
Francis Messner, ed.
CNRS Editions 2011

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... more

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God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics
Monica Duffy Toft, Daniel Philpott, and Timothy Samuel Shah
W.W. Norton 2011

A fresh and illuminating perspective on the surge in religion’s political influence across the globe.

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... more

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Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi'i Women
Elizabeth M. Bucar
Georgetown University Press 2011

Publishers Abstract:  Much feminist scholarship has viewed Catholicism and Shi'i Islam as two religious traditions that, historically, have greeted feminist claims with skepticism or outright hostility. Creative Conformity demonstrates how certain liberal secular... more

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Conflictos entre Conciencia y Ley: Las objeciones de conciencia
Rafael Navarro-Valls and Javier Martínez-Torrón
Iustel 2011

Conflicts between conscience and law in the Western world, far from decreasing, have invaded all social and political spaces. This book contains a detailed and documented analysis of conscientious objections in comparative and international law, and benefits from the authors’ experience of more than two decades studying this interesting legal phenomenon.... more

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The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Freedom and Conflict in the 21st Century
Brian Grim and Roger Finke
Cambridge University Press 2011

Relying on a new source of coded data for nearly 200 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.... more

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Religious Liberty, Volume 1: Overviews and History
Religious Liberty, Volume 2: The Free Exercise Clause

(Emory University Studies in Law and Religion)
Douglas B. Laycock
Eerdmans 2010, 2011

One of the most respected and influential scholars of religious liberty in our time, Douglas Laycock has argued many crucial religious liberty cases in the U.S. appellate courts... more

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Law and Religion: National, International, and Comparative Perspectives
W. Cole Durham, Jr., and Brett G. Scharffs
Aspen Publishers / Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2010

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... more

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Law and Religion in the 21st Century: Relations between States and Religious Communities
Silvio Ferrari and Rinaldo Cristofori, eds.
Ashgate, 2010

This work, designed as a valuable resource for academics, students and policy-makers with an interest in the interaction between law and religion, 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,... more

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Law and Religion in the 21st Century: Relations between States and Religious Communities
Silvio Ferrari and Rinaldo Cristofori, ecs. 
Ashgate 2010

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... more

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Law and Religion: Cases in Context
Leslie C. Griffin, ed.
Aspen Law & Business, 2010

Designed to be used either as a primary text or with any Law and Religion or First Amendment text, Law and Religion: Cases in Context presents descriptions and discussions of the landmark cases in law and religion and the First Amendment. Cases are selected from the leading religion and First Amendment casebooks, and the authors provide insights... more

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The Law of Organized Religions: Between Establishment and Secularism
Julian Rivers
Oxford University Press 2010

  • Offers the first comprehensive, systematic account of the modern English law relating to religious organizations
  • Sets out the historical context of the church-state relationship to ground the understanding of the modern
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Amazing Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us
Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell
Simon & Schuster 2010

American Grace is based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America. It includes a dozen in-depth profiles of diverse congregations across the country, which illuminate how the trends described by Putnam and Campbell affect the lives of real Americans. Unique among nations, America is deeply religious, religiously diverse, and remarkably... more

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Jacobs, White & Ovey: The European Convention on Human Rights
Robin C.A. White & Clare Ovey
Oxford University Press (5th edition) 2010

Fifty years after the founding of the European Court of Human Rights it has dispensed more than 10,000 judgments and affects the lives of over 800 million people. The fifth edition of Jacobs, White & Ovey: The European Convention on Human Rights provides a clear and concise explanation of this increasingly important area of the law. Examining each of the... more

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Harris, O'Boyle & Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights
D.J. Harris, M. O'Boyle, E.P. Bates, and C.M. Buckley
Oxford University Press (2nd edition) 2009

The first edition of Harris, O'Boyle and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights swiftly established itself as a seminal legal textbook. 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... more

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The Myth of Religious Violence
William T. Cavanaugh
Oxford University Press USA 2009 

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... more

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Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty: Emerging Conflicts
Edited by Douglas Laycock, Anthony R. Picarello, Jr., and Robin Fretwell Wilson
Rowman & Littlefield 2008
Co-published with The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Publisher's Abstract: Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty explores the religious freedom implications of defining marriage to include same-sex couples. It represents the only comprehensive, scholarly appraisal to date of the church-state conflicts virtually certain to... more

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Theory and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights
Pieter van Dijk, Fried van Hoof, Arjen van Rijn, Leo Zwaak, eds.
Intersentia (4th edition) 2006

Since the first edition of "Theory and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights in 1978", 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... more

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State and Church in the European Union (second edition)
Gerhard Robbers
Nomos Publishers 2005

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... more

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Religious Liberty and International Law in Europe
Malcom D. Evans
Cambridge University Press 1997

Note to the download edition:  "In this fascinating book Malcolm Evans describes in detail the ways in which the freedom of religious belief has been incorporated into the legislation of the countries of Europe. 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... more