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Law and Religion


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The practice of religion by individuals and groups, the rise of religious diversity, and the fear of religious extremism, raise profound questions for the interaction between law and religion in society. The regulatory systems involved, the religion laws of secular government (national and international) and the religious laws of faith communities, are valuable tools for our understanding of the dynamics of mutual accommodation and the analysis and resolution of issues in such areas as: religious freedom; discrimination; the autonomy of religious organisations; doctrine, worship and religious symbols; the property and finances of religion; religion, education and public institutions; and religion, marriage and children. In this series, scholars at the forefront of law and religion contribute to the debates in this area. The books in the series are analytical with a key target audience of scholars and practitioners, including lawyers, religious leaders, and others with an interest in this rapidly developing discipline.

Series Editor

Professor Norman Doe is Director of the Centre for Law and Religion, which he set up at Cardiff Law School in 1998.

Editorial Board

Carmen Asiaín is a Law Professor at University of Montevideo (Uruguay).

Paul Babie is Professor and Associate Dean (International), Adelaide Law School. 

Pieter Coertzen is the chairperson of the Unit for the Study of Law and Religion in the Beyers Naudé Center for Public Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Stellenbosch.  

Alison Mawhinney is a Reader in Law at Bangor University.

Michael John Perry is a Senior Fellow at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Law and Religion and has held a Robert W. Woodruff University Chair there since 2003.

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Labour Rights and the Catholic Church The International Labour Organisation, the Holy See and Catholic Social Teaching

Labour Rights and the Catholic Church: The International Labour Organisation, the Holy See and Catholic Social Teaching

1st Edition

By Paul Beckett
April 13, 2021

This book explores the extent of parallelism and cross-influence between Catholic Social Teaching and the work of the world’s oldest human rights institution, the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Sometimes there is a mutual attraction between seeming opposites who in fact share a common ...

Religious Symbols and the Intervention of the Law Symbolic Functionality in Pluralist States

Religious Symbols and the Intervention of the Law: Symbolic Functionality in Pluralist States

1st Edition

By Sylvie Bacquet
July 02, 2019

In contemporary pluralist states, where faith communities live together, different religious symbols and practices have to coexist. This may lead to conflicts between certain minority practices and the dominant majority, particularly around the manifestation of belief in the public domain which may...

Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom To be Fully Human

Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom: To be Fully Human

1st Edition

By Hans-Martien ten Napel
March 21, 2019

In both Europe and North America it can be argued that the associational and institutional dimensions of the right to freedom of religion or belief are increasingly coming under pressure. This book demonstrates why a more classical understanding of the idea of a liberal democracy can allow for ...

Ecclesiastical Law, Clergy and Laity A History of Legal Discipline and the Anglican Church

Ecclesiastical Law, Clergy and Laity: A History of Legal Discipline and the Anglican Church

1st Edition

By Neil Sydney Patterson
September 04, 2018

Discipline in an ecclesiastical context can be defined as the power of a church to maintain order among its members on issues of morals or doctrine. This book presents a scholarly engagement with the way in which legal discipline has evolved within the Church of England since 1688. It explores how ...

The Genealogy of Terror How to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism

The Genealogy of Terror: How to distinguish between Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism

1st Edition

By Matthew L. N. Wilkinson
September 04, 2018

In the first two decades of the twenty-first century, the events of 9/11, 7/7, the War on Terror and the Caliphate and atrocities of the so-called Islamic State have dominated Western consciousness and wreaked havoc in parts of the Muslim-majority world. In their wake, a spate of books has been ...

State and Religion The Australian Story

State and Religion: The Australian Story

1st Edition

By Renae Barker
August 14, 2018

With its increasingly secular and religiously diverse population Australia faces many challenges in determining how the state and religion should interact. Australia is not unique in facing these challenges. States worldwide, including common law countries with shared legal and religious heritages,...

Law, Religion and Love Seeking Ecumenical Justice for the Other

Law, Religion and Love: Seeking Ecumenical Justice for the Other

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Babie, Vanja-Ivan Savić
September 07, 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 ...

Religion, Law and the Constitution Balancing Beliefs in Britain

Religion, Law and the Constitution: Balancing Beliefs in Britain

1st Edition

By Javier García Oliva, Helen Hall
September 01, 2017

This book examines the existing constitutional and legal system in England, Wales and Scotland, through the prism of its treatment of religion and belief. The study encompasses questions of Church/state relations, but pushes far beyond these. It asks whether the approach to religion which has ...

The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals

The Legal Architecture of English Cathedrals

1st Edition

By Norman Doe
September 01, 2017

This original book is a comprehensive, richly documented and critical examination of laws applicable to Anglican cathedrals in England, some of the most iconic monuments in the national heritage and centres of spiritual and cultural capital. Law is the missing link in the emerging field of ...

The Collective Dimension of Freedom of Religion A Case Study on Turkey

The Collective Dimension of Freedom of Religion: A Case Study on Turkey

1st Edition

By Mine Yıldırım
January 24, 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 ...

Religious Expression in the Workplace and the Contested Role of Law

Religious Expression in the Workplace and the Contested Role of Law

1st Edition

By Andrew Hambler
November 08, 2016

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 ...

Women's Rights and Religious Law Domestic and International Perspectives

Women's Rights and Religious Law: Domestic and International Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Fareda Banda, Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
February 26, 2016

The three Abrahamic faiths have dominated religious conversations for millennia but the relations between state and religion are in a constant state of flux. This relationship may be configured in a number of ways. Religious norms may be enforced by the state as part of a regime of personal law or,...

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